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2021 Census estimates show Idaho’s urban cities continue to see population gains

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For Immediate Release: June 1, 2022
Media Contact: Jan.Roeser@labor.idaho.gov or Sam.Wolkenhauer@labor.idaho.gov

Four southwestern Idaho cities ranked in the top five slots for population growth in the state from 2020 to 2021 according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 Vintage Population Estimates.* Idaho Falls, ranked fourth and was the lone city outside of southwestern Idaho to rank in the top five.

Boise remained Idaho’s largest city, followed by Meridian, Nampa, Idaho Falls and Caldwell. Meridian edged out Nampa as Idaho’s second largest city in 2014 with the population difference increasing each year. Rankings for the top 15 Idaho cities by population size are shown in Table 1, with one change from 2020 — Kuna displaced Moscow for the No.13 spot.

Nationally, Meridian, Caldwell and Nampa ranked 13, 14 and 15 of the fastest-growing cities of 50,000 residents or more across the U.S., each at or above 5% growth rate.

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Idaho population projected to top 2 million by 2031

Recent population projections from the Idaho Department of Labor anticipate Idaho will continue its record of rapid growth, with the total statewide population crossing over 2 million for the first time by 2031.

The 2020 Census revealed the Gem State was the second-fastest growing state in the nation over the decade from 2010 to 2020, and single-year population estimates have ranked Idaho as the fastest-growing state for the past five years.

Idaho’s Labor Department’s latest projections anticipate a statewide growth rate of 1.1% per year over the 10-year period from 2021 to 2031, adding a total of 227,880 new residents to the state. This will raise Idaho’s population from 1,888,533 in 2021 to 2,116,413 in 2031.

All six of Idaho’s substate regions are expected to grow over the coming decade, with southwestern Idaho leading at 16.3% projected growth, followed by northern Idaho at 13%. These two regions together are expected to account for more than three quarters of the state’s total growth.

TABLE 1: Projected population growth by region

Projected Population Growth by Idaho Region

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Idaho is 6th youngest state in the nation, Census data shows

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For Immediate Release: March 22, 2022
Media Contact: Jan.Roeser@labor.idaho.gov or Craig.Shaul@labor.idaho.gov

Idaho remains one of the youngest states in the nation according to recently released results from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016-2020 American Community Survey.

The release includes new tables on the civilian-employed population (age 16 and older), along with data on computer and internet use.

Some of the statistically significant changes for Idaho include:

 

Age

Idaho remained the sixth youngest state in the nation with a median age of 36.6 years. Utah retained its rank as the youngest with a median age of 31.1 years. Except for North Dakota, all 50 states and the District of Columbia experienced an increase in the median age. The nation’s median age was 38.2 years and is up slightly from its 37.6 years median age in 2015.

Census Table - Median Age

The states with the oldest or highest median age were concentrated on the eastern side of the U.S. starting with Maine (44.8 years), New Hampshire (43 years), Vermont (42.8 years), West Virginia (42.7 years), Florida (42.2 years), Connecticut (41.1 years), Delaware (41 years) and Pennsylvania (40.9 years).

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Idaho’s Center of Population Continues Westward Shift

Once a decade, the U.S. Census Bureau releases estimates of the U.S. center of population, a common practice since 1790. The bureau defines the center of population as a balance point — the point at where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of that area would balance perfectly if each person was assigned the same specific weight.

The center of population is one of several measures that are useful for visualizing changes in population over time. The location and distance of the center of the population, relative to some point such as the geographic center or previous center of the population, indicate the aggregate magnitude and direction of the population growth. Continue reading

Idaho Leads Country in Population Growth Rate in 2021

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For Immediate Release: Dec. 22, 2021
Media Contact: Jan Roeser, Jan.Roeser@labor.idaho.gov or Craig Shaul, Craig.Shaul@labor.idaho.gov

Idaho’s annual population growth from 2020 to 2021 at 2.9% led the other 49 states and Washington, D.C., in percent increase for the fifth consecutive year. The state gained 53,151 new residents – the ninth largest numeric change in the nation – for a new population estimate of 1.9 million, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released this week.

Idaho’s neighboring states of Utah and Montana ranked second and third respectively, each growing by 1.7%.

Domestic migration, or people moving from other states, was the primary driving component of Idaho’s population growth.

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Census 2020 Confirms Idaho Ranks Second Nationally in Population Growth

Idaho’s population grew 17.3% in the 10 years since the 2010 Census, which was the second-fastest rate nationally, to Utah’s first-place growth of 18.5%. During the decade, the state netted 271,524 new residents through natural increases and in-migration internationally and from other U.S. states. After Utah and Idaho, the top five growth states included Texas, North Dakota and Nevada.

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Census 2020 reports that among Idaho’s 200 cities and towns, 37 outpaced the state growth rates from 2010 to 2020. This data springboards off the Aug. 12, 2021, release of Census 2020 statistics and is commonly referred to as redistricting data.

It provides information necessary for the process of redrawing political boundaries, both statewide and locally, after each decennial census. The largest numerical increases were in and around the capital city of Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley, contributing mightily to the headline-grabbing growth.

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Census Bureau Releases 2020 County, City Population Data

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For Immediate Release: Aug. 13, 2021
Media Contact: Jan Roeser, Jan.Roeser@labor.idaho.gov or Craig Shaul, Craig.Shaul@labor.idaho.gov

The U.S. Census Bureau has released 2020 Census data for county and municipality population changes, race, ethnicity, age 18 and over population, group quarters population and housing occupancy status.

Data for all of Idaho’s 44 counties and 201 municipalities is available in detailed tables on Idaho Department of Labor’s website at lmi.idaho.gov/census.

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Idaho’s Hispanic Population Growth Continues in 2019

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For Immediate Release: July 14, 2020
Media Contact: Georgia Smith, georgia.smith@labor.idaho.gov or Kathryn Tacke, kathryn.tacke@labor.idaho.gov

Idaho’s Hispanic population grew faster than the state’s population in 2019, according to estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of Hispanics in Idaho rose 3.3 percent from 222,206 in 2018 to 229,490 in 2019, while the total population grew 2.1 percent.

From 2010 to 2019, the state’s Hispanic population grew 30.5 percent, while its total population grew 14 percent.

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Idaho Cities Continue Strong Population Growth in 2019

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For Immediate Release: June 1, 2020
Media Contact: Kathryn Tacke, (208) 799-5000 ext. 3984 or Craig Shaul, (208) 332-3570 ext. 3201

The population increase of Twin Falls from 2018-2019 passed a milestone, making it the eighth city in Idaho to have more than 50,000 residents, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Idaho’s cities continue to be magnets drawing population from outside the state and from Idaho’s rural areas. Population in Idaho’s 200 incorporated cities grew 2.3 percent between 2018 and 2019, faster than the state’s 2.1 percent.

Two Idaho cities — Boise and Meridian — had more than 100,000 residents in 2019, while Nampa’s 2019 population was shy of 100,000 by 3,064 residents.

Meridian added the most population in Idaho between 2018 and 2019, adding 7,697 residents, while Nampa added 3,064 and Caldwell added 2,003.

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Idaho Cities Continue Strong Population Growth in 2019, Housing Growth Lags

Recent population estimates for 2019 show Idaho’s cities in general have been thriving although small towns in many rural areas have not shared in the growth.

The data recently released by the  U.S. Census Bureau shows the population living in Idaho’s 200 incorporated cities grew 2.3 percent from 2018-2019, faster than the state’s 2.1 percent growth.

The bureau also released housing unit growth across the state, which also grew 2.1 percent for the year.

Population Changes 2018-2019

Meridian added the most population in Idaho between 2018 and 2019, adding 7,697 residents, while Nampa added 3,064 and Caldwell added 2,003. Boise and Meridian were the only two cities with more than 100,000 residents, though Nampa was not far behind with just 3,064 residents fewer than 100,000.

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