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Incorporated areas declined in Idaho County 2012-2013: Census: city populations dropped

In contrast to state growth overall, incorporated cities in Idaho County showed population declines from 2012 to 2013, according to U.S. Census estimates released last Thursday.

Overall Idaho population growth was 1 percent, and growth was estimated at 1.7 percent for the state’s 10 largest cities, according to a May 22 press release from the Idaho Department of Labor. Rural areas grew at 0.4 percent.

In Idaho County, the largest population decrease, number-wise, was Grangeville, estimated at 3,123 people total in 2013, which was 37 fewer (1.2 percent less) than in the year prior.

Percentage-wise, Stites saw the biggest decline, losing four people from 2012 to 2013 (1.8 percent) for a total population last year of 216.

Also seeing a 1.2 percent population decline was Cottonwood, which dropped 11 people for a total 2013 population of 910. Riggins went from 419 to 413 (down 1.4 percent), Kooskia slipped by nine (1.5 percent) from 607 in 2012 to 598 in 2013, and White Bird dropped 1.1 percent (just one person) for a total 92 people in 2013. One person less for Ferdinand put total population at 160 in 2013 (0.6 percent decrease).

In contrast, neighboring Lewis County saw three cities all experience growth of two people each: Craigmont (up 0.4 percent) for 515 population in 2013, Kamiah (0.2 percent) for 1,320 people last year, and Nezperce had 476 people (up 0.4 percent).

U.S. Census numbers for a four-year period, 2010-2013, show only two Idaho County cities experiencing growth: Cottonwood, 902 to 910 (up 0.9 percent); and Ferdinand, 159 to 160 (0.6 percent). Four cities saw decline during this period: Grangeville, 3,147 to 3,123 (down 0.7 percent); Kooskia, 609 to 598 (1.8 percent); Riggins, 420 to 413 (1.7 percent); and Stites, 222 to 216 (2.7 percent). From 2010 to 2013, White Bird remained unchanged at 92 people.

During that four-year period, six Idaho County cities saw mid-point population highs: Cottonwood (921 in 2012), and all in 2011 were Ferdinand (162), Grangeville (3,186), Kooskia (614), Riggins (424) and Stites (223).

For Craigmont, Kamiah and Nezperce, all three saw both population increases from 2011 to 2013, as well as their four-year highs in 2013: Craigmont, 500 to 515 (3 percent); Kamiah, 1,294 to 1,320 (2 percent); and Nezperce, 466 to 476; (2.1 percent).

City rankings within the region for 2013 population are as follows: Grangeville (42), Kamiah (72), Cottonwood (85), Kooskia (111), Craigmont (120), Nezperce (126), Riggins (136), Stites (163), Ferdinand (175), and White Bird (187).

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