Ada County By The Numbers: Idaho's Most Populous County Releases Annual Review

Mar 8, 2019

Ada County released a report detailing facts and figures about many county agencies and departments.
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Ada County is out with its year-in-review report for 2018. Highlights include county-wide growth and some departments seeing record-setting revenue.

It will come as no surprise that population in Ada County is rising. Idaho’s most populous county is home to Meridian, one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. The report estimates the population of Ada County being 470,000 – that’s up 3.6 percent from 2017. Combined with Canyon County, the two municipalities are credited with half of the new growth taking place in the Gem State.

The Ada County Clerk’s office says it saw a record number of ballots in the 2018 gubernatorial election. With over 192,000 ballots cast, the only election to get more participation was the contest for president in 2016. Newly-elected County Clerk Phil McGrane also reports his office archived a staggering 1.5 million pages of historical documents.

In 2018, the Sheriff’s Office says it promoted social justice as a top priority. Deputies and other staff underwent training to recognize implicit bias and how to keep it from interfering with public interactions.

The year proved one of record profitability for the Western Idaho Fair. August 25 brought in the highest-grossing carnival and food and beverage sales in the fair’s 121-year history.

With spring in the air and the promise of summer not too far off, Ada County Parks and Waterways reports 2018 was a good year for floating the Boise River. The season ran for 73 days and set the record for the top three single-day revenue totals.

To see the entire Ada County Year In Review 2018, click here.

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