U.S. Census Bureau

Population
3:05 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Idaho's Population Grew Slightly In 2013, Now Tops 1.6 Million

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For the first time, Idaho’s population has topped 1.6 million. The latest U.S. Census Bureau estimate shows Idaho gained 16,500 people in 2013 for a grand total of 1,612,136.

That’s slightly more than 1 percent growth from 2012. The fastest growing state, at more than 3 percent, was North Dakota. That's thanks to its recent oil and gas boom.

Two states, Maine and West Virginia, saw population declines from 2012 to 2013.

Here’s how Idaho’s neighbors compare in total population for 2013:

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Language
12:10 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

10 Percent Of Idahoans Speak A Language Other Than English At Home

The clusters of purple represent Spanish-speaking homes.
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New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show the Northwest has fewer people who speak a foreign language at home than the country as a whole.

Census data show 10.4 percent of Idahoans speak a language other than English in their homes, while the national average is 20.8 percent.

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Education Spending
5:49 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Idaho Is Next To Last On Education Spending

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Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia only Utah spends less on education than Idaho. A new report Tuesday from the U.S. Census Bureau says Idaho spent $6,824 for each student in its public schools in 2011. The National average is $10,560. New York tops the list spending $19,076.

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Private Schools
5:16 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Private School Enrollment Down Nationally But Not In Idaho

This life-sized statue of Jesus in the Bishop Kelly lobby underscores the fact that it is a private religious school. Nationally private school enrollment is shrinking, especially in Catholic schools. Boise's Bishop Kelly High School is growing. A school spokesperson says BK's advantage is an emphasis on spirituality unavailable in public schools, both charter and traditional.
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Researchers at the U.S. Census Bureau have believed for some time that private school enrollment has been on the decline. Now Bureau statistician Stephanie Ewert says they’re sure. Her new report does not say why fewer students are choosing privates schools, but Ewert says the growth of charter schools may have something to do with it. Around the country she found that places where charters grew, private school enrollment got smaller.

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StateImpact Idaho
3:07 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Mapping Wealth: Idaho’s Pockets Of High-Income Households

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Over the last couple of years we’ve heard a lot about the haves and have-nots. The 1 percent and the 99 percent — that is, the top earners in the United States (the so-called 1 percent) and the rest of us (the 99 percent).

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StateImpact Idaho
3:28 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Report: Idaho Tax Collections Increase More Than Most States

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Idaho is one of nine states that saw tax collections increase more than ten percent from fiscal year 2010 to 2011.

A new U.S. Census Bureau Report looks at state tax collections for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011.

Last fiscal year, all 50 states reported an increase in tax collections, a dramatic change from fiscal year 2010 when just 11 states reported increases.  Continue reading...

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...