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Idaho population figures and trends
Overall, people living in more urban areas
March 23, 2018
The steady shift of Idaho’s population from rural to urban counties continued between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Idaho's six largest counties, all generally urban—Ada, Canyon, Kootenai, Bonneville, Bannock and Twin Falls—had a combined population of 1,116,173. Those six counties account for 65 percent of the entire population of the stater, also for 75 percent of the state's population growth. Idaho’s total population was estimated at 1,716,943.

Adams County had the highest percentage gain of all Idaho counties at 5 percent, but in actual numbers gained less than 200 new people. Forty-two of Idaho's 44 counties showed population increases, ranging from 12,580 more people in Ada County to an increase of 18 additional people for Camas County.

Two counties experienced a decrease in population. Clearwater County's population decreased by nine people and Power County dropped by 61 people.

Population estimates show the net migration into Idaho (people moving in) was 26,525, or 1.5 percent of total population. Nearly 93 percent of the state’s population growth was due to people moving into the state.

Births and deaths are two other major components in population changes, commonly referred to as natural increases. Statewide there were 22,981 births between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, and 12,653 deaths resulting in a gain of 10,328 people.
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