Based on county population estimates for July 1, 2007, just over 80 percent of the 35,500 increase in statewide population from mid-2006 occurred in the six counties with populations over 70,000. That compared to 84 percent of the growth between mid-2005 and mid-2006 and 85 percent from mid-2004 to mid-2005.
Those large counties - Ada, Bannock, Bonneville, Canyon, Kootenai and Twin Falls - accounted for 28,500 of the additional population, and only Bonneville County had a higher growth rate in 2007 than in 2006. Only Bannock County had a lower growth rate than the statewide average of 2.4 percent.
Statewide, the 2.4 percent population growth ranked fourth nationally. Over 55 percent of the growth was the result of people moving from other states or countries, this represented the ninth highest percentage among all the states.
Idaho's most populated counties rose 3.1 percent last year compared to 3.6 percent in the July 2006 estimates while the rural population was up 1.3 percent compared to 1.1 percent a year earlier.
Canyon and Jefferson counties were among the fastest growing counties with over 10,000 population in the United States.
Recent real estate sales data through February, 2008 showed Caldwell having the highest percentage of new home sales in the Treasure Valley and out performed neighboring cities in Ada County.
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