Idaho’s population continues to grow at a faster rate than other states.
The state led the country in terms of population growth rate for the fifth consecutive year. From 2020 to 2021, Idaho’s population grew 2.9%, according to population estimates from the US Census Bureau.
Idaho saw an additional 53,000 new residents, bringing its population to around 1.9 million. The main reason was national migration or people from other states.
Neighboring states, Utah and Montana, rank just behind Idaho, with growth of about 1.7% each. Washington ranked 23rd, gaining about 0.3% of its population.
Growth in Idaho, Utah and Montana follows trends in the West, which has gained a small boost from residents despite the loss of significant numbers from California and New Mexico. The West has made up for its loss through natural increases and international migration.
Nationally, the U.S. population grew by about 0.1%, the slowest growth since the nation’s founding. The US Census Bureau attributes the slow growth to declining international migration, declining fertility, and increasing mortality from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Population growth has been slowing for years due to falling birth rates and declining net international migration, while death rates are rising due to the country’s aging population,” said Kristie Wilder , demographer in the Population Division of the Census Bureau. in a report. “Now, with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this combination has resulted in a historically slow rate of growth. “