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 Meridian, 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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Idaho for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Star (Homes For Sale)
- Meridian (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kuna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Middleton (Homes For Sale)
- Eagle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ammon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Post Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Caldwell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rathdrum (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Nampa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you happen to be a resident of Star, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised–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.
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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 88,247 Population 2010: 68,953
Growth Rate: 27.98%
Absolute Growth: 19,294
More on Meridian: Homes For Sale | Data
Meridian is a city located in Ada County in the US state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population of Meridian was 75,092 making it the third largest city in Idaho after Boise and Nampa. A 2015 estimate placed the population at approximately 90,739. Meridian is the state’s fastest-growing city, with an 81.5 percent increase in population since 2000.
Population: 17,015 Population 2010: 13,764
Growth Rate: 23.62%
Absolute Growth: 3,251
More on Kuna: Homes For Sale | Data
Kuna is a city in Ada County, Idaho, United States. It is part of the Boise City–Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 15,210 at the 2010 census.
Population: 6,416 Population 2010: 5,203
Growth Rate: 23.31%
Absolute Growth: 1,213
More on Middleton: Homes For Sale | Data
Middleton is a city in Canyon County, Idaho, United States. The population was 5,524 at the 2010 census, up from 2,978 in 2000. It is part of the Boise City–Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Population: 14,767 Population 2010: 12,443
Growth Rate: 18.68%
Absolute Growth: 2,324
More on Ammon: Homes For Sale | Data
Ammon is an edge city of Idaho Falls in Bonneville County, Idaho, United States. As of the 2010 US Census, the population of Ammon was 13,816.
7. Post Falls
Population: 30,157 Population 2010: 26,179
Growth Rate: 15.2%
Absolute Growth: 3,978
More on Post Falls: Homes For Sale | Data
Post Falls is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, between Coeur d’Alene and Spokane, Washington. It is both a suburb of Coeur d’Alene, to the east; and a bedroom community to Spokane, to the west. The population was 27,574 at the 2010 census, up from 17,247 in 2000 census, making it Idaho’s tenth largest city. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2014 population is 30,123.
Population: 50,288 Population 2010: 43,749
Growth Rate: 14.95%
Absolute Growth: 6,539
More on Caldwell: Homes For Sale | Data
Caldwell is a city in and the county seat of Canyon County, Idaho, United States. The population was 46,237 at the 2010 census.
Population: 7,357 Population 2010: 6,545
Growth Rate: 12.41%
Absolute Growth: 812
More on Rathdrum: Homes For Sale | Data
Rathdrum is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. The population was 6,826 at the 2010 census, up from 4816 in 2000. It is part of the Coeur d’Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the entire county. It is named after Rathdrum in Ireland.
Population: 87,896 Population 2010: 78,322
Growth Rate: 12.22%
Absolute Growth: 9,574
More on Nampa: Homes For Sale | Data
Nampa (/næmp/ ( listen)) is the largest city of Canyon County, Idaho. The population of Nampa was 81,557 at the 2010 census making it the second-most populous city in Idaho. Nampa is located about 20 miles (32 km) west of Boise along Interstate 84, and six miles (10 km) west of Meridian. Nampa is the second principal city of the Boise-Nampa metropolitan area. The name “Nampa” may have come from a Shoshoni word meaning either moccasin or footprint.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Idaho are led by Star which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
For more Idaho reading, check out:
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Idaho