The total population of the state in 1960 reached 667,191 residents. The number of people living in urban settings had grown substantially from the 1950 census. There were now a nearly even number of urban dwellers as compared to the rural settlers. Forty-seven and a half percent of the people had made their homes in the more populated areas.
Idaho census records found that there were 588,637 people residing within the state's borders in 1950. 336,088 of those individuals were living in areas that were considered rural.
The growth of the Idaho's population was better between 1930 and 1940, than it had been over the previous decade. The new population, in 1940, was recorded as 524,873 residents. That equated to a growth rate of approximately eighteen percent in ten years.
The 83,354 square miles that made up this large state, though becoming increasingly populated with 445,032 residents in 1920, was still pretty sparse with just over five people per square mile. The rate of growth for the state had also reached a plateau.
Nearly thirty percent of this state's population, which was reported to be 431,866 residents in 1920, fell in the age range of twenty-five to forty-four years, which was surprisingly right on target with the country as a whole.
In 1910, Idaho may not have been the hot spot for young and single men. The population had climbed to 325,594, another substantial growth rate over the decade preceding the census year, but the men were a bit hard up seeing that there were more than one hundred thirty-two of them for every one hundred females. The number of Representatives in the House for the state jumped to two, though.
At the turn of the century Idaho census records reported more growth of the population, but it also had some bad news to share. Though the number of residents had, by then, risen to 161,772, there were more than fifty-five hundred individuals within that grouping that were considered to be illiterate.
As the population of this state continued to grow by leaps and bounds, it was moving itself up in the ranking of population. The new recorded population of 84,385 people meant that it was now considered the 45th most populated state or territory in 1890, out of 49. That was a step up from a decade earlier.
The 1880 census report found that there had been substantial growth for the territory over the ten years preceding it. The new population was recorded as 32,610 residents. That meant there had been a staggering117.4% increase in population in just ten years.
1870 was the first year that the Idaho population was measured. On this first census report for the new territory, it was recorded that there was a population of just 14,999 people living within its borders.
The Idaho Department of Congress provides users with information from the 2000 census. Users can look up the population data by city or county. There are also links to other information collected by the census, including demographic and socioeconomic profiles. Most of the Idaho census information is listed in a downloadable Excel spreadsheet.
The Idaho Department of Labor keeps track of population estimates based on Idaho census information. On the website, you can read articles on how slow population growth has impacted the state. You can also find information on the site on the 2010 Census and how it works, as well as view current Idaho population estimates.
The Idaho State Historical Society provides 1890 Idaho census information. Because of a fire in Washington D.C. in the 1920s, many of the records were destroyed. The Historical Society is currently undertaking an ongoing process to restore those records and create a list of people living in Idaho during that time period. You can view the current file and request a copy for your own records if you desire.
The History Department at Idaho State University provides information on the 1880 and 1900 Census. The website details the history behind the first Census project in the state, as well as the acceptable uses of Idaho census information. Once the terms are accepted, users have the opportunity to search information by county.