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Idaho population growth in 2012 again concentrated in cities

Eighty-eight of Idaho’s 200 cities lost population in 2012, while 107 gained and five went unchanged, according to the latest U.S. Census figures. Statewide, Idaho’s population went up by 0.8 percent in 2012; city populations were up 1 percent from 2011 to 2012. The upshot: Idaho’s population gain in 2012 was concentrated in its cities rather than its rural areas, continuing a longstanding trend. In 2012, 69 percent of Idahoans lived in incorporated cities; that’s up from 59 percent in 1990.

Cities losing population were mostly the smallest ones; there were just three with populations of more than 10,000 that had losses: Rexburg, Mountain Home and Blackfoot. Click here for a full report from the Idaho Department of Labor, including a breakdown by city that shows each city’s population in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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