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How The Younger Population Is Infiltrating Idaho
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Idaho's population reached 1.6 million last year.
27% are 17 years old and under, making the Gem State one of the youngest states in the west. That's according to the latest information from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Twin Falls' success economically may have trickled down to the influx of the younger population.
From the hospital to the schools, Twin Falls is seeing a boost in the number of children.
Twin Falls resident Ellen Shepherd says, "maybe a couple of years ago I started noticing it, a lot of new people, new families."
Ellen Shepherd works in the medical field and quickly noticed the amount of families ready to call Twin Falls home.
"I work in pediatrics and I see new families coming into the area, looking for a doctor, looking for a pediatrician so I see a lot of that," adds Shepherd.
In the past two years, 721 additional students have enrolled in school within the Twin Falls School District. At least 40 so far since the beginning of this school year.
A mother from Twin Falls Kristin Brackett adds, "I've got 5 girls in 3 different schools and I'd say their classrooms are pretty crowded."
Dr. Wiley Dobbs, Twin Falls School District Superintendent says, "so we've seen significant growth, so much so that a facilities committee, a community facilities committee has recommended building two new elementary schools and a middle school to keep up with that growth."
One of the areas that could see a new elementary school is here in the northeast portion of Twin Falls.
Dobbs adds, "from that growth that we've had, we've seen more of that growth taking place in our elementary schools over that time, however we are growing in our secondary schools as well. I attribute much of that of course to the economic development taking place in Twin Falls."
Economic vitality and population growth; a hand fits glove relationship.