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Census: Idaho is nation's third fastest-growing state
The Spokesman-Review ^ | December 25, 2005 | AP

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 Idaho’s 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 state’s 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 state’s 7,776 births per 100,000 residents offset the state’s 3,656 deaths per 100,000.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: birthrate; census; growth; idaho; migration
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To: MarkeyD

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.


41 posted on 12/25/2005 10:46:41 PM PST by TheLion
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To: MarkeyD

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.


42 posted on 12/25/2005 10:55:57 PM PST by Just Lori (Jesus IS the reason for the season!)
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To: GeronL

Not on incomes. Income tax tops out at 9 percent.


43 posted on 12/25/2005 11:08:28 PM PST by MarkeyD (Cowards cut and run. Marines finish the job. I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: MarkeyD

HHmm.. Texas has no personal income tax, but the business income tax, with a different name, is pretty bad.


44 posted on 12/25/2005 11:13:23 PM PST by GeronL (1678 computer infections and still Freeping!!! [Update, less than 300 remain])
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To: Bernard Marx
I was born in Blackfoot and had to leave because I couldn't make a living in the state.

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.

45 posted on 12/25/2005 11:13:46 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: GeronL
Let me guess. It has low taxes on business and incomes??

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.

46 posted on 12/25/2005 11:21:44 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: defenderSD
The summer weather takes some getting used to

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.

47 posted on 12/25/2005 11:26:26 PM PST by Jigsaw John
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To: Myrddin

HHmmm... that doesn't sound all that business friendly, except when compared to everywhere else...


48 posted on 12/25/2005 11:38:36 PM PST by GeronL (1678 computer infections and still Freeping!!! [Update, less than 300 remain])
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To: Jigsaw John
I've been through two summers here with the same car battery and my battery is doing just fine. They're designed to handle 120-degree heat.

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.

49 posted on 12/26/2005 12:05:26 AM PST by defenderSD ( In a battle of wits against a FReeper, the typical liberal is unarmed. )
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To: Myrddin

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.


50 posted on 12/26/2005 12:08:06 AM PST by Idaho gal
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To: MinorityRepublican
boosted by an influx of new residents and...

Are these the Californians running away from the hell they have built in California? coming north to erect that same hell in Idaho?

51 posted on 12/26/2005 5:02:09 AM PST by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: MarkeyD
to a lot of people, California=Liberal

California means liberal. I hear all that blather about how most of them are really conservative except in SF but you don't have a mostly conservative, or even a 40%conservative state and have all those socialists and radicals in the legislature, on the courts and in the bureaucracy. Somebody voted for these guys and it was a BIG vote.

52 posted on 12/26/2005 5:07:18 AM PST by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: defenderSD
People are jumping as fast as they can from those RAT-infested ships...lol.

Unfortunately it is the Rats who are jumping soonest, and in their desperation to get away from socialist hell they pack great gobs of it in their U-Haul vans and take it to Colorado and Arizona and Idaho. They love the friendly new states because the people are so much saner than back in RedState. The new state just needs a little tweaking to make it ideal- just like back home.

53 posted on 12/26/2005 5:11:15 AM PST by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: Myrddin
I don't have to worry about commies in the legislature writing anti-gun laws every other day.

Give it a couple of years. You will be looking at majority ex-Cals.

54 posted on 12/26/2005 5:13:46 AM PST by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Some years back, while entering Idaho via US 30 from Wyoming, I saw a bumper sticker on a pickup that read "Welcome to Idaho. NOW LEAVE!"

We still laugh about that!. BTW, I'm an Idaho son, raised in Pocatello.

55 posted on 12/26/2005 5:25:52 AM PST by Don Carlos (Democrats: Home-grown surrender monkeys.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Unfortunately some projections I saw indicate that Idaho will not get the 3rd house seat in 2010, 2020 or even 2030!


56 posted on 12/26/2005 6:12:28 AM PST by Free Dominoes
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To: MinorityRepublican
I wouldn't worry if I were you. You still have far more than enough land to be comfortable.

Most of our land is owned by the feds.

57 posted on 12/26/2005 6:24:51 AM PST by cruiserman
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To: MarkeyD
The last two years, the Meridian school district (just west of Boise) had 2000 more kids show up than were expected.

That's because they all left Boise.

58 posted on 12/26/2005 6:25:47 AM PST by cruiserman
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To: GeronL
Let me guess. It has low taxes on business and incomes??

Idaho has a lot of things, but low taxes are not included.

59 posted on 12/26/2005 6:28:29 AM PST by cruiserman
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To: defenderSD
I've been through two summers here with the same car battery and my battery is doing just fine. They're designed to handle 120-degree heat.

Arizona frys car batterys. In the summer, 110 outside temps, then add on another 75 or so degrees in under the hood in the engine area, and it far and exceeds 120 degrees under the hood.

I had friends that lived in AZ for 6 years and they eventually moved due to the extreme heat.

60 posted on 12/26/2005 9:10:15 AM PST by Jigsaw John
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