For Immediate Release: June 29, 2018
Information Contact: Janell Hyer, (208) 332-3570 ext. 3220
Idaho’s Hispanic population grew 3.6 percent between mid-2016 and mid-2017, up from a 3.4 percent increase the prior year, according to recent estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The total number of Hispanic residents of 215,392 accounted for 12.5 percent of the state’s population of 1,716,943.
Four racial groups reported an increase of 5 percent or more from 2016. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander showed the largest percentage increase at 6.4 percent (223 people). Those who identify as “two or more races” increased 5.5 percent (2,195). The smallest group was American Indian and Alaska Native with a population of 29,973, up 1.8 percent, or 536 people.
White accounted for 93.2 percent of Idaho’s population in 2017, up 2 percent from 2016, adding an additional 31,946 people.
Of Idaho’s 44 counties, only three had decreases in Hispanic population. Butte, Clearwater and Shoshone counties had decreases of eight or less and Lewis had no change.
Canyon and Ada counties were ranked first and second in total Hispanic population and had the largest numeric increases. Canyon County’s Hispanic population increased 1,819 for a total of 54,873 while Ada County‘s increased by 1,867 for a total Hispanic population of 37,569.
Detailed Idaho data can be found at http://lmi.idaho.gov/census. Detailed data and tables for the nation, states and counties is available on the U.S. Census Bureau website at https://www.census.gov/topics/population.html