Idaho Population Chart
Idaho’s Population History
Idaho is a relatively new addition to the list of US states, and the creation of the Idaho territory took place in 1863. The first recorded Idaho population came from the US Census of 1870 when it was shown that there were just 14,999 residents.
Ten years later in 1880, those numbers had more than doubled to 32,610, and similar increases were recorded throughout the remainder of the 19th century. Idaho joined the Union in 1890, and by the time of the 1900 Census, 161,772 citizens were residing in the new state.
Those huge increases started to slow down, but continued, steady growth throughout the 20th century has taken the Idaho population of 2016 over the 1.6 million mark.
Idaho Population Growth
In 2005 it was claimed that Idaho was the 6th fastest growing state in the US after natural growth figures were released. In the five years following the Census of 2000, that natural growth had led to a net increase of 58,884 citizens due to 111,131 births minus 52,247 deaths and a further increase in net migration added more than 75,000 new residents.
In 2016 Idaho was still growing at an impressive 1.22% per year, putting it 11th among the 50 states in growth rate, and drawing it closer to the 38th spot in overall population, currently held by West Virginia.
Idaho Population Projections
Can that growth be sustained? Idaho may have the space, but geography and a harsh landscape may suggest otherwise. Estimated figures for the 2020 population are expected to surpass 1.75 million people.