Idaho continues to reflect the nation's rapidly changing ethnic diversity. New figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau show the nation's Hispanic population grew by more than 15 million between 2000 and 2010, and accounted for more than half of the total U.S. population increase of 27.3 million.
Idaho's Hispanic population reportedly jumped from 101,690 in 2000 to 175,901 in 2010, a full 73 percent increase. Idaho's overall population increased by 21.1 percent. The Magic Valley experienced the greatest Hispanic influx, while Clark, Owyhee and Power counties also saw increases.
Nationwide, Mexican origin was the largest group, representing 63 percent of the total U.S. Hispanic population. Puerto Ricans, the second largest group, comprised 9 percent in 2010.