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Population
  2010 2012
Population 1,567,582 1,595,728
Median Age 34.6 35.2
Total 8 year-olds 23,974 24,227
Boys 12,204 12,441
Girls 11,770 11,786
Total 9 year-olds 24,331 24,079
Boys 12,300 12,384
Girls 12,031 11,695
Total 10 year-olds 24,088 23,856
Boys 12,349 12,139
Girls 11,739 11,717
Total 11 year-olds 23,666 24,234
Boys 12,151 12,209
Girls 11,515 12,025
Total 12 year-olds 23,010 24,240
Boys 11,887 12,447
Girls 11,123 11,793
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 77.8% 77.8%
Car Pool 9.9% 10.1%
Public Transportation 0.8% 0.8%
Work at Home 6.0% 5.9%

Geography
Capital Boise
Largest City Boise
Second Largest City Nampa
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 19

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 760 783
Amusement Parks 5 4
Fast-Food Restaurants 1,002 1,040
Toy Stores 54 51
Video/Disc Rental Stores 87 26
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 4 7
Candy & Nut Stores 12 12
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 39 46
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 0 1

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: July 3, 1890
  • Population 1900: 161,772
  • Population 1950: 588,637
  • Population 2000: 1,293,953

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Gem State
  • Flower: Syringa
  • Tree: White Pine
  • Bird: Mountain Bluebird
  • Horse: Appaloosa
  • Vegetable: Idaho Potato
  • Insect: Monarch Butterfly

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.