If you haven’t heard of the state of Idaho here are some things, you may want to know. From the geography side to its economy side.
Where is Idaho located?
Many people confuse Idaho with Iowa even though they are on opposite ends of the country. Idaho is in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Canada is north of Idaho, Washington and Oregon are west, Montana is to the northeast, Wyoming is to the east, and Nevada and Utah are to the south.
What is the population?
According to the latest Census data Idaho’s population grew 16.5% between 2010 and 2020. Idaho’s population is 1,894,625. The demographics of the state are found below:
White alone 93%
Black or African American alone 0.9 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 1.7%
Asian alone 1.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 0.2%
Two or more races 2.6%
Hispanic or Latino 12.8%
Female 856,725 49.87%
Male 861,025 50.13%
Idaho’s Gross State Product (GSP) in 2019 grew to $72.5 billion dollars. The GSP ranks 7 out of the 50 U.S. States. In the chart below you can see its growth over the years.
Employment in Idaho has had a growth rate of 2.8% in 2018, making it rank 5 out all the U.S. States. Some big employment sectors include healthcare, social assistance, retail trade, professional, scientific, and technical services.
A Booming Housing Market
Back in 2019 the city of Boise (Idaho’s capital), was ranked the best place to live for millennials by Livability. In 2018 it was named the fastest-growing city in the U.S. by Forbes and Boise was also ranked 11th in U.S. News & World report for best places to live in 2021-2022. Throughout the time of the pandemic, Idaho saw a 194% moving rate. Many people moving here with remote jobs from expensive cities. The price of lumber went up significantly, 308% due to high demand. With the surge in home prices not many locals are happy about it but it’s what was caused with so many people moving to the state.
If you enjoy the outdoors, Idaho is for you. With so much mother nature you could go fishing, hiking, camping, biking, skiing, and kayaking. From the Boise National Forest to Craters of the Moon Monument and Preserve. There are so many beautiful sceneries to explore. There are about 20.4 million acres of National forests and approximately 107,651 miles of river.