Idaho is a large state known for its wilderness areas. It is the 14th largest state in America. It has a total area of 83,570 square miles. Idaho is so large that it borders on six states (Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming) and even one Canadian province (British Columbia).
Idaho has the largest contiguous wilderness area in the continental United States, the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area. This wilderness area measures a massive 2.3 million square miles. Idaho also has several other large national parks and wilderness areas.
How big is Idaho by population?
Despite its large size, Idaho has a relatively small population. Its population is estimated at about 1.8 million people. This makes it the 13th least populous state in America. It is also the country's 7th least densely populated state.
The vast majority of Idaho's population lives in the southern half of the state. In fact, only about one-quarter of Idahoans live in the northern half of the state. Southern Idaho is home to the state's largest city is Boise, which is also the state's capital. The estimated population of the city proper is 240,380, while the Boise metropolitan area has an estimated population of 749,202.