Population Trends

Idaho News
4:12 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Your Next Idaho Phone Number Might Not Start With 208

The PUC estimates Idaho will run out of 208 telephone numbers by 2019.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

In less than a decade, Idaho will likely join the ranks of states with more than one area code. That’s right, Idaho’s 208 area code is quickly becoming an endangered species.

This isn’t a new story. Back in 2007, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission said the state would run out of 208 phone numbers within five years. That’s when number conservation and consolidation kicked in. The amount of phone numbers available expanded when the state changed the way it assigns them.

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StateImpact Idaho
7:45 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Rural Idaho Continues To Shrink

Fairfield, Idaho
Molly Messick StateImpact Idaho

Rural Idaho counties are becoming, well, rural-er.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show populations continue to decline in rural parts of the state.

Census numbers released this week look at population movement between 2010 and 2011.  According to the Idaho Department of Labor’s analysis, more counties lost population over that year than at any other time since the 1980s.  Continue reading...