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Marginal population growth for region’s cities from 2016 to 2017 reports according to Census

City of Riggins

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City of Riggins



Population grew marginally – 51 total — for the region’s eight incorporated cities last year, according to figures released May 24, through the Idaho Department of Labor’s report on U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Largest growth was in Grangeville, which increased by 27 people from 2016 to 2017 (0.9 percent) for a total 3,166 population.

Three other Idaho County cities saw a 0.9 percent increase: Cottonwood, up by eight for a total 923 population; Kooskia, up six for 663 total; and Stites, up two for 228 total.

Largest change by percentage was in Ferdinand where the population increased by two (up 1.3 percent) for a total 160 population.

Both Riggins and Kamiah increased by three people (up 0.7 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively) for total populations of 413 and 1,290, respectively.

These seven cities were among 181 in Idaho that experienced population gains from 2016 to 2017. According to Idaho Department of Labor, only 48 cities experienced growth greater than or equal to the state’s growth rate of 2.2 percent.

White Bird’s population remained the same at 90 from 2016 to 2017, one of 19 communities in the state to see no change.

For the state overall, city rankings are as follows: Grangeville, 43; Kamiah, 74; Cottonwood, 85; Kooskia, 108; Riggins, 138; Stites, 163; Ferdinand, 176; and White Bird, 189.

These eight cities are among 167 in Idaho classified as small: populations less than 5,000. They account for 9.4 percent of the state’s population and contributed 6.6 percent to its growth.



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