As of Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Migration provided Idaho County a minor population bump last year, offsetting the decrease of more deaths than births.
According to new estimates released March 26 by the U.S. Census Bureau, Idaho County population was 16,215 in 2014, up 0.1 percent from the year prior. In 2014, the county reported 157 births and 168 deaths with a net migration of 24.
The Idaho Department of Labor (IDOL) reports Idaho was one of five counties in the state – including Boise, Clearwater, Lemhi and Shoshone – that recorded fewer births than deaths. All five have median ages older than 46 and rank among the nine oldest counties in Idaho.
Statewide population was up 1.3 percent, a total 1,634,464, the ninth strongest gain in the nation. Nearly 85 percent of the state’s population growth occurred in Idaho’s urban counties.
Valley County showed the largest population gain, according to IDOL, where growth hit a 2.5 percent rebound after the resort county’s population dropped from more than 10,000 in 2008 to 9,500 in 2012 following the bankruptcy of Tamarack Resort. Valley County saw fractional growth in 2013.
Other neighboring counties reported estimates as follows:
Clearwater: 8,562 population, down 0.5 percent; 74 births, 96 deaths, drop by 21 in net migration;
Lewis: 3,838 population, up 0.3 percent; 39 births, 32 deaths, up by six in net migration.