Idaho’s largest cities continued growing at a faster pace than the rest of the state in 2013 but not as fast as in the past, according to population estimates released last Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The population of Idaho’s 10 largest cities grew 1.7 percent from mid-2012 to mid-2013 compared to overall population growth of 1 percent. The population in the other 190 cities grew 0.7 percent while the population of the rural areas grew 0.4 percent.
Over 70 percent of the state’s total growth of 16,500 was in those 10 cities, but that was down from 77 percent of the growth between mid-2011 and mid-2012.
Meridian was the state’s fastest growing city with a population increase of 4 percent.
Kuna, the 14th largest city in Idaho grew 2.2 percent from 2012 to 2013, an increase of 348 people.
Melba, 119out of 200 towns in Idaho, grew 1.2 percent in the last year adding six to their population.
More than 40 percent of the statewide 2013 population gain was in Ada County, the state’s largest that accounts for a quarter of the total population – more evidence of the state’s gradual urbanization.