As of Tuesday, January 23, 2018
How many Idaho County residents are Gem State natives? Nearly 50 percent.
This, according to estimates released in December by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR), a rolling sample of estimates on more than 40 social, economic and housing characteristics.
The ACR estimates 98 percent of Idaho County residents in 2012-16 were U.S. natives, and 49 percent of these were Idaho natives.
The remaining 2 percent were foreign born; 63 percent were naturalized U.S. citizens, and 93 percent entered the country before the year 2010. An estimated 7 percent of the foreign born entered the country in 2010 or later.
Of those foreign born, 42.3 percent came from Europe, followed by 27 from Latin America, 20.6 from Asia and 10.1 from Northern America.
For those Idaho County residents at least 5 years old in 2012-16, 3 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Of that 3 percent, 58 percent spoke Spanish and 42 percent spoke some other language; 39 percent reported that they did not speak English “very well.”