Policy brief from the James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research | Idaho at a Glance. June 2010 | Like the rest of the nation, Idaho is becoming more diverse, mainly because of its growing Hispanic population. With about 165,000 Hispanic residents, Idaho has the 15th highest proportion of Hispanics in the nation. Today, roughly 11% of Idahoans are Hispanic, compared to 5% in 1990. Also similar to the rest of the nation, most Hispanics in Idaho were born in the U.S. Of those born elsewhere, one-third came to this country before 1990, another third arrived during the 1990s, and the rest have come since 2000. Thus, Hispanics who moved to the U.S. in the last decade make up only 10% of the state’s total Hispanic population.
This report provides an overview of Idaho’s Hispanic residents, with information about the size and characteristics of the Hispanic population. It is the first in a series of three Hispanic At A Glance reports. The next two reports will focus on education and the labor force.