Idaho population increases 17.3% in latest census

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released congressional apportionment and population counts for every state, including Idaho. Population totals from the 2020 Census determine how many seats each state gets in Congress.

The population of Idaho has increased by 17.3% to 1,839,106 over the last 10 years, with no change to its two U.S. House of Representatives seats.

The results are the first to be released from the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau also reported that:

  • The resident population of the United States on April 1, 2020 was 331,449,281, a 7.4% increase from 308,745,538 in the 2010 Census.
  • States that gained Congressional seats were Texas, up two seats, and one each for Oregon, Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina. States that each lost one congressional seat were California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The Census Bureau will provide states with the local population counts needed for redistricting by September 30, 2021. This is when states redraw or “redistrict” their congressional and other legislative boundaries.