The next time someone asks you the population of Idaho, give them this number: 1,545,801.
The U.S. Census Bureau released its latest statistics today, indicating the Gem State grew 1.2 percent from 2008 to 2009. Boise eked up a bit (0.45 percent) to 205,707. Nampa grew (1.09 percent) to 81,241. Meridian bumped up (3.22 percent) to 68,516 (largest growth in the state) and Eagle grew (1.4 percent) to 19,668. Losers included Mountain Home (-.68 percent) down to 12,266, McCall (-1.92 percent) to 2,554, and Cascade (-3.19 percent) to 972.
Overall, 52 of Idaho's 200 cities lost population between mid-2008 and mid-2009.