Population data developer projects big changes for Idaho’s counties

Dramatic population gains are expected in Idaho’s counties over the next 40 years.

According to U.S. Census projections, the country’s population is expected to increase by 78 million people to 404 million by the year 2060. While the projections are for national population growth, ProximityOne, a private developer of geodemographic-economic data and analytical tools, has released county-level projections that show dramatic population gains in the Gem State over the same time period.

Ada County, Idaho’s most populous, is predicted to more than double in size to 805,000 residents, while a 112 percent growth is predicted for Canyon County, to 402,000, and Kooetnai County is projected to see its population grow 96 percent to nearly 273,000.

Among Idaho’s 44 counties, 34 are expected to add residents, while 10 are projected to see populations fall – including Clearwater County, with a 19 percent drop over the next four decades, and Idaho County, down 1.5 percent. ProximityOne has Latah County’s population jumping 43 percent to 53,000, and Nez Perce County rising nearly 16 percent to 45,500 residents. (Post Register, ProximityOne)