Friday, August 19, 2005

Blaine County Hispanic population growth is largest in state

The Hispanic population in Blaine County has jumped more than 50 percent since 2000, according to a news release issued by Idaho Commerce & Labor. That percentage is the largest increase in all of the state's 44 counties.

Blaine County's population in 2004 was 21,103, according to numbers reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. That year, the Hispanic population was 3,105, or 14.7 percent of the county.

Custer County saw a 32.8 percent increase in the Hispanic population since the last census, while Lincoln County's Hispanic figures rose 19.4 percent in that same four-year period.

Since the 2000 census, Idaho's Hispanic population increased 22 percent. The total population rose 7.7 percent to nearly 1.4 million.

From 2003 to 2004, Hispanics' numbers in Blaine County rose nearly 11 percent.

The Hispanic population state-wide increased 4.7 percent from 2003's figures, to 123,900. Idaho's total population rose 1.9 percent in the same period.

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