It's a numbers cruncher's holiday in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Census Bureau has started releasing its apportionment counts showing the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010 was 308,745,538, an increase of 9.7 percent over 2000.
Idaho's population now stands at 1,567,582, a 21.1 percent jump over 2000, and nearly double of what it was 30 years ago. The number wasn't big enough for Idaho to gain an extra seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but nearby Nevada, Utah and Washington will each gain an extra member of Congress.
Idaho remains one of the least dense states in the nation, ranked 46 out of 51 (including Washington, D.C.). In 2010, 19 Idahoans were measured for each square mile of the state. The national average is 87 people per square mile.
More detailed results for counties and cities is scheduled for release next year.