Population Slowly Increasing In Idaho


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) More people are moving to the gem state, but not as many as in past years.

The U.S. Census Bureau Estimates the combined population of Idaho’s 200 cities rose 1% from 2011 to 2012.

Population growth continues in Idaho cities.

A report by the Idaho department of labor shows the total population in Idaho at 1.1 million.

"This is really slow growth for our area, Twin Falls specifically. There have been times we have had four-percent growth, right now we are at seven tenths of a percent. That's really low growth, that's almost flat” said Jan Roeser, Economist.

Jill Mulder and her family are included in those that have moved to the area.

Coming from California two years ago, they now call Twin Falls home.

"It's been nice, the snow is different. We never had snow, we came from fog. We run so the trails are amazing and it's not that hot here and we do enjoy that” said Jill Mulder, moved to Twin Falls.

Twin Falls is in the top ten cities in Idaho that are growing.

The department of labor reports more than 300 people moved to the city last year.

"We feel like we are being held back because of the housing market. We're still not seeing in migration into Idaho from other states like we've had” said Roeser.

Cities in the Magic Valley that are seeing an increase, Hailey and Buhl saw a 0.6%, Jerome and Declo had a 0.3% increase.

However, not all cities are growing in the Magic Valley; Gooding saw a -0.7%, Glenns Ferry -0.5%, and Wendell -0.4%.

"We do have a mix bag in our county area. It is positive because the state grew by an eight tenth of a percent, we're just one tenth behind the state” said Roeser.

A state the continues to grow, Mulder believes coming to Idaho is about opportunity and raising a family in a safe city.

A third of the city population gain in 2012 came in Ada County.

The City of Star, Eagle, and Meridian saw the largest growth.

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