Idaho Department of Labor
More Hispanics Locating in Ada, Canyon Counties
As Idaho’s Hispanic population continues growing, more and more members of the state’s largest minority are locating in the two largest counties.
New estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that Ada and Canyon counties attracted 56 percent of the increase in the Hispanic population in 2007.
Statewide, the Hispanic population jumped another 6 percent from 2006 to over 147,000, or nearly 10 percent of the total population. Of those additional 8,300 Hispanics, 2,700 were in Canyon County, where the Hispanic population rose 7.7 percent from 2006, and 2,000 in Ada County, where the yearly increase was 8.9 percent.
At the same time, however, 2007 marked the first year since the 2000 census that the increase in Idaho’s Hispanic population fell below the year-earlier number. The 8,300 increase in the Hispanic population in 2007 compared to an 8,900 increase in 2006.
Ada and Canyons counties, which account for 552,000 of Idaho’s 1.5 million people or more than a third, drew 55 percent of the increase in Hispanic population in 2006 and 53 percent in 2005, the first year more than half of the growth was confined to those two counties.
They were among only 13 of Idaho’s 44 counties to see Hispanic population growth exceed the statewide rate in 2007. Canyon County has the most Hispanic residents at 37,500, or 21 percent of total population, and remained one of 17 counties where Hispanics make up more than 10 percent of the population.