Idaho Posts Highest Population Growth Percentage in Country for Fourth Year in a Row | Idaho


BOISE – According to data from the Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho’s 2.1% population growth between 2019 and 2020 was the highest of any state for the fourth year in a row. The US Census Bureau will release the state population estimates for 2021 on Tuesday, December 21.

Idaho’s 2.1% population increase from 2019 to 2020 was far greater than the overall 0.4% increase in the United States. The next state with the highest population growth during this period was Arizona, with an increase of 1.8%. Nevada (1.5%), Utah (1.5%) and Texas (1.3%) round out the top 5.






On the flip side, New York, Illinois, Hawaii, and West Virginia all experienced a population decline of -0.6%.

Even though the coronavirus pandemic caused major disruptions in national and state economies, Idaho continued to experience rapid population growth, relatively low unemployment, and a significant increase in business growth in 2020.

Idaho’s average unemployment rate of 5.4% for 2020 was the seventh lowest in the country, while the US average was 8.1%. Neighboring Washington state ranked 40th, with an average unemployment rate of 8.4%.






National unemployment ranking 2019-2020

National unemployment rates 2019-2020


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