These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Idaho


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Boise City and Nampa, while others want peace and quiet like in Preston and Weiser, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Idaho have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Gem State that have people climbing over each other to get in:

  1. Star
  2. Kuna
  3. Meridian
  4. Ammon
  5. Middleton
  6. Eagle
  7. Caldwell
  8. Post Falls
  9. Chubbuck
  10. Nampa

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Idaho are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Gem State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 32 Idaho cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Gem State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Star

Star, Idaho

Source: Buildidaho.Com

Population: 6,379
Population 2010: 5,173
Growth Rate: 23.31%
Absolute Growth: 1,206

2. Kuna

Kuna, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,188
Population 2010: 13,764
Growth Rate: 17.61%
Absolute Growth: 2,424

3. Meridian

Meridian, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,025
Population 2010: 68,953
Growth Rate: 17.51%
Absolute Growth: 12,072

4. Ammon

Ammon, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,257
Population 2010: 12,443
Growth Rate: 14.58%
Absolute Growth: 1,814

5. Middleton


Population 2014: 5,898
Population 2010: 5,203
Growth Rate: 13.36%
Absolute Growth: 695

6. Eagle

Eagle, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,102
Population 2010: 18,752
Growth Rate: 12.53%
Absolute Growth: 2,350

7. Caldwell

Caldwell, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,114
Population 2010: 43,749
Growth Rate: 9.98%
Absolute Growth: 4,365

8. Post Falls

Post Falls, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 28,786
Population 2010: 26,179
Growth Rate: 9.96%
Absolute Growth: 2,607

9. Chubbuck

Chubbuck, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,117
Population 2010: 13,036
Growth Rate: 8.29%
Absolute Growth: 1,081

10. Nampa

Nampa, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 84,660
Population 2010: 78,322
Growth Rate: 8.09%
Absolute Growth: 6,338

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Idaho are led by Star which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Idaho

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Star 1 6,379 5,173 1,206 23.3%
Kuna 2 16,188 13,764 2,424 17.6%
Meridian 3 81,025 68,953 12,072 17.5%
Ammon 4 14,257 12,443 1,814 14.6%
Middleton 5 5,898 5,203 695 13.4%
Eagle 6 21,102 18,752 2,350 12.5%
Caldwell 7 48,114 43,749 4,365 10.0%
Post Falls 8 28,786 26,179 2,607 10.0%
Chubbuck 9 14,117 13,036 1,081 8.3%
Nampa 10 84,660 78,322 6,338 8.1%
Jerome 11 11,046 10,223 823 8.1%
Rathdrum 12 7,046 6,545 501 7.7%
Rexburg 13 26,301 24,513 1,788 7.3%
Twin Falls 14 45,362 42,458 2,904 6.8%
Coeur D’Alene 15 45,848 43,096 2,752 6.4%
Hayden 16 13,588 12,783 805 6.3%
Moscow 17 24,406 23,264 1,142 4.9%
Burley 18 10,352 9,882 470 4.8%
Idaho Falls 19 57,935 55,653 2,282 4.1%
Blackfoot 20 11,891 11,524 367 3.2%
Rupert 21 5,583 5,423 160 3.0%
Boise City 22 211,655 206,481 5,174 2.5%
Mountain Home 23 13,871 13,550 321 2.4%
Pocatello 24 54,466 53,258 1,208 2.3%
Hailey 25 7,961 7,790 171 2.2%
Sandpoint 26 7,497 7,372 125 1.7%
Lewiston 27 32,178 31,683 495 1.6%
Garden City 28 11,223 11,053 170 1.5%
Preston 29 5,172 5,102 70 1.4%
Emmett 30 6,546 6,513 33 0.5%
Payette 31 7,447 7,465 -18 -0.2%
Weiser 32 5,407 5,464 -57 -1.0%

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