Idaho Population Set to Increase By 15 Percent Over 10 years

Jun 1, 2017

Idaho's population is set to grow by 15 percent between 2015-2025.
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The Idaho Department of Labor says between 2015 and 2025, the state is expected to grow by 15 percent.

Using a new model to project these changes, the agency says the state’s pace is about three times higher than the nation’s when it comes to population.

So where is this boost coming from? The trend of older people moving to the state for retirement continues to lead the way. The department predicts the 65 and older crowd will grow by about 36 percent.

On the other hand, declining birth rates and low in-migration of families means the youth population is growing much slower.

The report also forecasts the trend away from rural life will continue, with most people moving to urban centers in Ada, Canyon and Kootenai counties.

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