Skip to comments.Census: Idaho is nation's third fastest-growing state
Posted on 12/25/2005 9:40:02 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
BOISE (AP) Idaho, boosted by an influx of new residents and one of the highest birth rates in the nation, is the third fastest-growing state.
Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau today showed Idahos population grew by about 34,000 people, or 2.4 percent, between July 1, 2004 and July 1, 2005.
Our strong economy continues to attract people and investment into the state, Idaho Commerce and Labor Director Roger Madsen said in a statement.
But residents will likely still be able to find elbow room as the states population of slightly more than 1.4 million people ranks it as only the 39th most populous in the nation, while it ranks 14th in land area.
According to the Census, more than 61,000 people came to Idaho from other states, and an additional 14,500 came from other countries, easily outnumbering residents who moved away.
Idaho also had the sixth-highest birth rate and sixth-lowest death rate. The states 7,776 births per 100,000 residents offset the states 3,656 deaths per 100,000.
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Perhaps this qualifies as WA news?
Maybe they're coming for the Idaho potatoes. I'm a potato lover myself. :)
Too bad the article says the state still won't be able to earn a congressional seat. It'd be pretty safe for us.
I wouldn't worry if I were you. You still have far more than enough land to be comfortable. I'm from Maryland, one of the most densely populated states in the USA.
That settles it. I better hurry up and move there before every one else gets the good spots.
We still have about five years to go and with the depopulation in Louisiana, that may help Idaho to get an additional seat. Plus, many states in the liberal New England region are in decline now.
As a florida native I can certainly sympothise.
Those Mormons sure do have a lot of babies.
Indeed, Utah is growing rapidly too. I wonder if the top six states with highest birthrates are the ones with the highest % of Mormons in the nation?
The last two years, the Meridian school district (just west of Boise) had 2000 more kids show up than were expected.
Just curious -- where were you born M.D.? I was born in Blackfoot and had to leave because I couldn't make a living in the state. I was treated like dirt when I tried to move "home" some years ago because my car had California plates. I found that "Idahoans" who are most against newcomers were born in places like Pittsburgh, Poughkeepsie, New York City, etc.
Nevada is growing due to influz of out-of-staters; the same with Arizona, North Carolina, and Florida.
Interesting to note that the top eight states in population growth were all won by Bush in 2004 and all have fairly conservative legislatures that have created a good business climate in these states. Not surprisingly, ambitious people move to the states with the best business climates and the strongest economies.
You caught me, I grew up in Indiana. ;)
See my other post about the schools. I think the problem with "Californians" is that they are coming here for the real estate prices. Lots of rental property being bought. Maybe the problem too is that to a lot of people, California=Liberal
Whoop to Friggin' Do!
That many people are run over every year by garment trucks in NYC.
Plus it is interesting to note that states in population decline are all won by Kerry in 2004 and controlled by the 'Rats.
Yeah, we moved to Arizona from California last year and have not regretted it. The summer weather takes some getting used to, but otherwise Phoenix reminds me a lot of California about 30 years ago. The Phoenix metro area is growing rapidly. Housing prices are up about 40% in the last 18 months, but are still far below San Diego county where I used to live. We're looking for a little dip in housing prices to buy next year but I'm not waiting for a big decline. Ten percent is about the maximum decline that I'm expecting, and houses still seem really cheap to me after living in San Diego county.
People are jumping as fast as they can from those RAT-infested ships...lol.
I know a woman who lives in Chandler who bought her house 8 years ago for 89K, with pool, on a lake. Now it's worth 375K
I am very proud to say I was born in Idaho, as were my parents and 2 brothers and 1 sister. It's a beautiful state.
They still can't find any contestants to represent the state in the Miss USA Ebonics pageant, though...
Idaho resident for 20 years...
Yes, that kind of price gain is very common around here. My parents bought their house in San Diego in the 1950's for $27K. After they passed away a couple years ago, we fixed it up and sold it for over a million bucks. San Diego home prices are in the stratosphere. I did a calculation and the average annual compound gain on that house was right around 8% during the time my parents owned the house. It's tough to beat coastal southern CA real estate as an investment, but 5% annually is probably more realistic over the next few decades. Arizona will probably beat San Diego in home price gains over the next five years.
I actually grew up in SE Washington State, which was a great place to grow up, but we always had relatives to visit in Idaho. I loved going there as a kid. Both mom and dad were from large families, and we had lots of cousins to play with.
Conservative women tend to get married and have families. Liberal women are tend to have other priorities and make different choices.
We didn't get the whole million bucks. I have two siblings who shared in that inheritance. :-)
That was once a great city. I remember going there on a family vacation when I was nine years old and having a 7-up at the Top of the Mark Hopkins hotel restaurant. Then we walked on the Golden Gate bridge in our ski jackets in windy 60-degree summer weather. Now I wouldn't even want to visit SF.
After a couple of good cold winters, they'll be gone...
How far North and what corner...
Damn! I just saw Napoleon Dynamite and I was going to ascribe the growth spurt to the popularity of the movie.
"People are jumping as fast as they can from those RAT-infested ships...lol."
No kidding, it's like East Germany or something. People fleeing.
I couldn't live in a blue state at all. Most of them have crappy weather (northeast/Chicago) and I don't care for earthquakes for CA. Let them stew in their self-created messes.. I just hope as they flee they don't try to bring the communism with them, but they usually do.
Let me guess. It has low taxes on business and incomes??
You got a good thing going, so people will flock there. It is just like our open borders. They all want to be here.
In your case, maybe they are mostly Republicans.
I think the problem with "Californians" is that they are coming here for the real estate prices. Lots of rental property being bought.
That's what happened to Washington. Now it's California north. Housing prices are crazy.
Not on incomes. Income tax tops out at 9 percent.
HHmm.. Texas has no personal income tax, but the business income tax, with a different name, is pretty bad.
I left San Diego in December 2000 for a nice house in Chubbuck. I did bring my job with me. I still build the same software and embedded hardware as when I lived in Mira Mesa. I still fly to the same customer sites, but start at PIH instead of SAN. My house is 3x larger and no mortgage. I don't have to worry about commies in the legislature writing anti-gun laws every other day.
As a San Diego native, I had no fascination with the tourist traps there. No interest in the ocean. A paasing interest in heading up to the mountains. Now I live in the mountains and Yellowstone National Park is a 2 hour drive. This is the first year we haven't had snow on Christmas since 2000. Just a few spots melting from the big storm on Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving.
As an employee I pay $7249 SIT on the first $100,000. The amount over $100,000 is taxed at 7.8%. Sales tax is 5%. My house has an assessed valuation for tax purposes of $185,000. Annual taxes are around $3150.
I'm toying with opening an office as a real business instead of being an employee working at home. I'm told that you must take inventory of all your office furnishings and equipment and pay an annual tax on it. That's not very business friendly. There is no way I would operate the business out of my home if all my possessions became subject to annual taxation. More likely, I would rent office space and outfit it with the minimum necessary resources to get the job done. No point in paying taxes on stuff you don't need and/or are not using.
No problem. Just stay inside in the air conditioning about 5 months out of the year, and you'll be fine. And replace that car battery every year. The blistering heat just kills them.
HHmmm... that doesn't sound all that business friendly, except when compared to everywhere else...
You don't have to stay indoors in the summer, but it's best to become an early bird with your outdoor activities. It's much more pleasant to play golf or tennis early in the morning when it's still 80 degrees. The other key thing I've learned is to stay out of streets and paved areas in the afternoon because they really heat up, probably to 120+ on many days. Grassy areas like golf courses and parks don't get that hot and are relatively comfortable in the summer because of the low humidity around here.
I can certainly understand someone leaving Blackfoot because of the inability to make a living. It's a problem when an employer thinks that $2100/mo is a living wage for a main bread winner.
I can also understand someone moving from SanDiego to Chubbuck, purchasing a home 3 times larger with no mortgage. I see many who do just that. Bringing your business with you is a great idea and I think that many in this area who are making a "living" are those who are self-employed or are fortunate enough to work for the Federal Government. I live in Aberdeen, a population of 1800 and 30 miles south of Chubbuck/Pocatello. We have plenty of "space" out here to live. I always say "I'm 3 hours away from any where in the world"... once you're on the airplane out of SLC. 3 hours from SLC, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley or gambling in NV (if you feel the need). Our regional airport in Pocatello is actually affordable to fly out of now for the past few years, rather than having to make the drive to SLC. In reality, though, Idaho Falls appears to be the "hot spot" for new business and jobs.
I do see the influx of the "southern immigrants", as our town is now close to 50% hispanic. They are however, an integral part of our town as the majority of them are now homeowners and do stick around year-round... working the $6.00/hr potato warehouse jobs...a few do have their own businesses.
Idaho is a great State to live in, even though we don't have much say in our National political process. I'm hoping that the Sun Valley residents' political points of view do not bleed into the rest of the State, however.