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U.S. Census estimates show Idaho population is booming

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Idaho saw its population boom by 2.2% over the last year, leading the nation in population growth during that period, according to U.S. Census Bureau data estimates released Wednesday.
The Gem State was followed by Nevada (2%), Utah (1.9%) and Washington (1.7%) and western states accounted for seven of the 10 states to see the biggest growth in terms of percentage of population between July 2016 and July 2017, according to the data.
Idaho boasts a strong economy and an unemployment rate of 2.9%. The state’s Department of Labor earlier this year published a forecast predicting population would grow by about 1.4% annually through 2025, pushing Idaho's population to about 1.9 million residents.
“Domestic migration drove change in the two fastest-growing states, Idaho and Nevada, while an excess of births over deaths played a major part in the growth of the third fastest-growing state, Utah,” said Luke Rogers, Chief of the U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates branch.

Texas tallied the biggest numeric growth with its population increasing by nearly 400,000 residents in 2017. The state’s population now stands at nearly 28.3 million residents —an increase of more than 3 million residents since 2010.
Meanwhile, seven states and Puerto Rico recorded population losses over the last year. Illinois lost more than 33,000 residents, dropping to the sixth most populous state in the union with 12,802,023 residents. It’s the fourth straight year that Illinois has recorded a population decline, according to the census data.
Illinois has seen residents walk away as the state's politicians have struggled to fix its finances. The state is bedeviled by a mountain of debt and unmet pension obligations —Moody's Investor's Service estimates the state has $250 billion public pension debt.
Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, has been feuding with state Democrats and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the best way to deal with the state's long-brewing financial crisis. In July, state lawmakers enacted Illinois' first budget since 2015 when lawmakers managed to override Rauner's veto of a budget plan that included a more than 30% tax hike.

Pennsylvania, which saw a modest bounce it in its population over the last year, is now the fifth biggest state with a population of 12,805,537.
The U.S. territory Puerto Rico lost more than 69,000 residents last year and filed for the equivalent of federal bankruptcy protection in May. The population exodus is likely much greater as the bureau’s estimate doesn’t account for the thousands of Puerto Ricans who left the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in September.
Wyoming had the largest percentage decline among states, losing nearly 5,600 resident or about 1% of the state’s population.
The U.S. population grew by 2.3 million to 325.7 million, a less than 1% increase in population. Net international migration decreased 1.8% -- the first drop since 2012 to 2013.
Still, residents moving to the U.S. from other countries continue to be a significant factor in U.S. population growth as 1.1 million people moved to the U.S. over the last year, according to the census bureau.


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Call anyplace paradise & you can kiss it goodbye.
Am I the only one who thinks growth isn't always a good thing ? quantity over quality ?
A large percentage of these newcomers to Texas aren't neccessarely the ones us Texans want here
It's not that they dress funny , it's their political views
they ruined their own states , found life there increasingly unbearable , wether it be the cost of living, taxes, too many people too much government or insane laws.
It finally got so bad they ran away from their life and their homes to "get away from it all" & didn't learn a damn thing from their experience ,
and immediately start trying to change their new home into the same hellhole they just fled ,
now they're infesting mine & turning a predominately red state more purple by the day.

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I read this news and studied the data with interest when it was released as two of my very best friends in life currently reside in Idaho and Texas and BOTH are continually harping at my wife and I about how great it is there and we need to move. Meh, too many people now!!

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Wyoming had the largest percentage decline among states, losing nearly 5,600 resident or about 1% of the state’s population.
My wife, I and her brother’s family rented a big house for 2-weeks next August in Star Valley, Wyoming, we’re inviting all the family between Oregon and Colorado to come stay, Jackson is less than an hour away and Yellowstone Lodge/Old Faithful is under 2 hours from the house.

We’ve been talking about moving to Wyoming for 3 years now, its escalated to a scouting encampment.

9-degrees there this morning, forecast calls for snow the next several days.

I’m looking forward to moving back to the USA.

Mac GI6

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You can blame California for all of the moves to WA, UT, NV and yes, ID.

In AA fashion: Hi, my name is "Schrader" and I'm a California refugee. I'm not a CA native, but was working there long enough...

People are right to be concerned. There was a similar thread recently about Montana and paradise and what that brings to the place. I believe my case below mirrors a lot of others, but you can never be sure. Just because someone is a gun owner, doesn't mean they vote 2A-first. Some gun owners I know in CA consistently vote for things that are in direct contradiction to everything I and many on here stand for. Many buy into the trendy social justice PC stuff and identity politics of the day, virtue-signal with the best of 'em, and want to change the landscape to suit their vision and desire for 'progress'. They believe they have something to teach the 'locals'.

Our plan to move has been in progress for nearly 5 years. You'll find me highly skeptical of people who move out of CA, as I expect long-time residents here in Idaho to be with me as well, until they know me. I vote conservative (maybe my vote will count more and help fight some of the blue influx), pay my taxes, do my best to keep up my property and respect and learn from the people who are already here. I am doin' a lot of listenin' vs. talkin' here. I did not buy exhorbitantly priced housing with my over-inflated CA house sale money, inflating the market here.

My primary mission, like most parents, is to setup my children for success, while I am able. I could not do that in CA. We teach them at home and aim to provide them with the best environment, mindset, leadership, wisdom and knowledge that we can so that they can grow up to be productive and decent people. Hopefully, that means they'll be good long-time Idahoans, respecting both the people and the wildlife/land around us. I think the difference is that I like to 'conserve' and 'preserve' things, and the environment I try to promote was wholly incompatible with much of what CA was trying to do to my children. As a son of the south, with a long stint in TX, I tend to look at what I learned there for inspiration whenever I'm not sure about what is warranted in a given situation.

Will I retire here in the suburbs? Probably not, as it'll likely go the way of all cities that keep growing, but so far, it's been good to us. We'll do what we can to make the most of it. I keep tellin' the wife or kids whenever they whine about somethin' - no more CA whinin' - we gotta be "Idaho Tough(tm)".
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