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Study: Idaho's Growing (and Younger) Hispanic Population


  • State of Idaho

New research from the University of Idaho's McClure Center for Public Policy confirms the Gem State is catching up with much of the nation in terms of diversity, due in large part to its growing Hispanic population. According to the report, Hispanic Idahoans make up 12 percent of the state's census. In effect, Idaho is "roughly where the U.S. was in 2000, when 13 percent of U.S. residents were Hispanic.

The survey adds that  most of Idaho Hispanics (70 percent) were born in the U.S. and most (79 percent) are U.S. citizens.

Among the other findings:
  • Idaho's Hispanic population grew 12 percent between 2010 and 2014 while the non-Hispanic population grew 3 percent.

  • 74 percent of Idaho Hispanics live in nine counties: Ada, Bannock, Bingham, Bonneville, Canyon, Cassia, Jerome, Minidoka and Twin Falls.

  • Canyon County had the largest number of Hispanics (50,000), followed by Ada (33,000), Bonneville (13,600) and Twin Falls (12,300) counties.

  • From 2010 to 2014, eight rural counties would have lost population if not for Hispanic growth (Bannock, Blaine, Boundary, Jerome, Lewis, Lincoln, Minidoka and Payette).

  • In 2014, the median age among Hispanics was 24 years old. Media age among non-Hispanic Idahoans was 38 years of age..
Read the full report here:
  McClure Center_Hispanic Population.pdf