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Three of Idaho’s fastest growing cities in the country


FILE – The Idaho State Capitol in Boise, Idaho, is seen June 13, 2019. Three cities in Idaho were among the fastest growing in the country last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)


Three cities in Idaho are among the 15 fastest growing cities in the United States, according to data recently released by the US Census Bureau.

The cities of Meridian, Caldwell and Nampa all grew between July 2020 and July 2021, joining cities in Texas, Arizona, Florida and Tennessee as those with the fastest population growth over the year.

The Census Bureau said that:

  • Meridian grew by 5.2% and has a population of 125,963

  • Caldwell grew by 5.2% and has a population of 63,629

  • Nampa grew by 5% and has a population of 106,186.

Boise is still the largest city in the state, but has seen much less growth, with growth of less than 1%, according to KTVB. Idaho’s total population grew from 1,847,772 to 1,900,923 between July 2020 and July 2021, according to Census Bureau data.

The city with the fastest population growth was Georgetown, Texas, which grew 10.5%, the Census Bureau said.

Meridian and Nampa were also among the nation’s fastest growing cities in 2020, according to the Idaho Statesman. The state as a whole was the second largest between 2010 and 2020, seeing a population increase of 17.3%, according to the outlet.

As cities in Idaho and other southern and western states grew, major cities elsewhere in the country shrank – New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston were among the cities that saw declines. growth between 2020 and 2021, the Census Bureau said. .

Changes in state and city populations have been influenced by the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused “a historically high number of states to lose population in (a) year” and drove people from all over the country densely populated urban areas, the Idaho statesman said in 2021.

This story was originally published May 27, 2022 3:55 p.m.

Vandana Ravikumar is a real-time McClatchy reporter. She grew up in northern Nevada and studied journalism and political science at Arizona State University. Previously, she reported for USA Today, The Dallas Morning News and Arizona PBS.