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State population up, County down for ‘16

U.S. Census estimates show a 104 drop



Population overall was up for the state last year, but not for Idaho County, which out of the five-county region was the only one to see a decrease in 2016.

U.S. Census estimates released last week show a 104 drop (down .6 percent) from July 2015 to July 2016, for a total 16,156 Idaho County population. That total decrease was largely due to net migration – the difference between people moving in and out of an area – accounting for 99 of the total drop, and the remainder was from deaths outpacing births – 168 and 163, respectively.

From 2015 to 2016, Idaho’s population grew 1.8 percent to 1,683,140. Six urban counties – Ada, Canyon, Kootenai, Bonneville, Bannock and Twin Falls -- accounted for 77 percent of the growth in the state’s population and 65 percent of overall population.

Statewide, births outpaced deaths at 22,792 and 12,496, respectively.

Valley County had the highest percentage gain at 4.1 percent, which ranked 16th nationally.

Within the North-Central Idaho Region:

• Adams County:

  • Increase of 61 (1.6 percent) for 3,900 total population; 29 births, 18 deaths, 50 net migration.

• Clearwater County:

  • Increase of 18 (.2 percent) for 8,497 total population; 57 births, 102 deaths, 54 net migration.

• Lewis County:

  • Increase of 62 (1.6 percent) for 3,853 total population; 39 births, 28 deaths, 54 net migration.

• Valley County:

  • Increase of 413 (4.1 percent) for 10,496 total population; 90 births, 81 deaths, 389 net migration.


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