Friday, August 8, 2008

Dept. of Labor: Hispanics Locating in Southern Idaho

Press Release
Idaho Department of Labor
Date: 8/8/2008

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.


Jared said...

The Hispanic population in the Mini-Cassia area is growing incredibly fast. This summer is the first time I've been back to the Mini-Cassia area for an extended period of time since I left in 2003 and the increase in the number of Hispanics is clearly noticable. We say Hispanic, but in reality virtually all are from Mexico, more particularly the state of Michoacán, especially the most recent arrivals. According to your data, Tara, Cassia and Minidoka have the highest percentage of Hispanics than any other Idaho counties. That was somewhat surprising to me. When I was younger in the 80s and 90s, most Hispanics were seasonal. The Mexicans lived in migrant camps, on the farms of their employers or in apartments. It is now not uncommon at all to have Hispanics purchasing homes and integrating. The demographic landscape of this area has changed for the forseeable future.

Tara A. Rowe said...

The data does not belong to me. Came directly from the Idaho Department of Labor and the U.S. Census. Keep in mind the numbers are probably quite a bit lower than the actual Hispanic population given census taking methods and the lack of participation on the part of the Hispanic community for whatever reasons.