Twin Falls may grow by leaps and bounds, but hasn’t gained ground when it comes to Idaho’s largest cities. In fact, the Magic Valley hub has slipped a rung over the past two decades. From number seven to number eight. The city had a population of just over 35,000 in 2001 and now the Census Bureau explains that the number of people who call the city home is just under 54,000.
Always behind some neighbors
Twin Falls seems to be growing at a faster rate than Pocatello and Idaho Falls, but both of these places are still bigger. Pocatello, once the largest city in Idaho, is seeing its rate of growth accelerate. If you don’t know the history, it was more populous than Boise in 1960. Republican friends tell me Pocatello was controlled by Democrats for decades and the GOP blames liberal policies. That, however, would mirror the plight of Democratic-run cities across the country. In Idaho’s municipal elections, candidates do not campaign along party lines.
A few growth surprises
Most of the state’s rapid growth remains in Treasure Valley. Kuna has nearly quadrupled in size since the turn of the century. Eagle more than doubled. In other areas, Post Falls has more than doubled in 20 years and Rexburg has doubled. Moscow and Lewiston grew but at a much slower pace.
Boise looks nothing like the sleepy town it was 60 years ago, but percentage-wise, many of its suburbs are now growing much faster. The Idaho Capital Sun is a publication that does not require a paywall. The paper has a long history at this link.