About 70.5% of Idaho residents lived in cities in 2020, up from 61.2% in 1980, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.
BOISE, Idaho – Idaho continues to grow statewide, with the fastest growing population in the country between 2019 and 2020. Much of this growth, however, has occurred in urban areas of Idaho.
About 70.5% of Idaho residents lived in cities in 2020, up from 61.2% in 1980, according to the Idaho Department of Labor (IDL).
Between 2019 and 2020, eight of the 200 fastest growing cities were in Idaho with growth rates ranging from 3.5% to 7.5%:
- Kunas (43)
- Post scraps (46)
- Star (55)
- Eagle (65)
- Meridian (70)
- Nampa (151)
- Ammon (167)
- Caldwell (171)
Eight cities in Idaho had populations over 50,000 in 2020, up from just four cities in 2000. The city of Boise’s population exceeded 50,000 in 1980 and was the only city in Idaho to have a population that important at that time.
Idaho’s cities continue to attract people from out of state as well as rural areas of the state. Between 2019 and 2020, Idaho’s 200 incorporated cities grew 2.4%, faster than the state of Idaho’s 2.1% growth.
Idaho’s eight cities with a population above 50,000 increased by 2.3% between 2019 and 2020, while Idaho’s 177 cities with a population below 10,000 increased by only 1. .7%. The 15 medium-sized cities experienced the fastest growth with growth of 2.9%.
Blackfoot and Garden City were the only mid-sized cities in Idaho to experience population loss between 2019 and 2020, although the loss was less than 1% in both cities. 32 small towns also saw population declines, but none by more than 1.4%.
Nampa’s population grew to 103,215 in 2020, making it the third largest city in Idaho with a population over 100,000 (Boise and Meridian).
The results of the 2020 census will be released in September.
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