Census Data: Idaho Hispanic Population Continues Steady Growth 

click to enlarge ANDREW CRISP
  • Andrew Crisp
Outpacing the national trend, the growth rate of the Hispanic population in Idaho continues to rise, growing by 3.3 percent between mid-2015 and mid-2016. The Gem State saw a 2.9 percent growth rate in the previous twelve months.

Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates the Hispanic population has grown 18 percent since 2010 in Idaho, where the demographic remains the second largest ethnic group, representing a total of 297,740 Idahoans.

Different parts of Idaho experienced different levels of Hispanic population growth. Canyon and Ada counties had the first- and second-greatest increases, followed by Twin Falls and Bonneville counties. At the same time, some Idaho counties, including Bear Lake, Butte and Lewis, saw decreases in their Hispanic populations.

Meanwhile the populations of other race categories, including black, Asian and American Indian/Alaskan Native, also grew in Idaho. The number of white Idahoans increased more than any other group, as percentage, the growth among whites was the lowest of any group.

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