The 10 Idaho Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Idaho have the largest African American population.

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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Idaho is 10,558 - at 0.6% of the total population of Idaho.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Idaho? Which cities and towns in Idaho have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Idaho with the largest African American population in 2022:

  1. Mountain Home
  2. Moscow
  3. Boise City
  4. Twin Falls
  5. Meridian
  6. Pocatello
  7. Garden City
  8. Nampa
  9. Star
  10. Idaho Falls

What's the blackest city in Idaho? Mountain Home took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Idaho for 2022. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Idaho ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Idaho or the most diverse places in Idaho.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Idaho For 2022

1. Mountain Home

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,308
% African American: 2.36%
# Of African American Residents: 337
Percent Change Since 2010: -31.36%
More on Mountain Home: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mountain Home, ID

2. Moscow

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,652
% African American: 1.65%
# Of African American Residents: 422
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.01%
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Moscow, ID

3. Boise City

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 228,057
% African American: 1.48%
# Of African American Residents: 3,376
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.9%
More on Boise City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Boise City, ID

4. Twin Falls

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 49,819
% African American: 1.27%
# Of African American Residents: 633
Percent Change Since 2010: 122.11%
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Twin Falls, ID

5. Meridian

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 107,787
% African American: 0.85%
# Of African American Residents: 920
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.9%
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Meridian, ID

Source: Public domain

6. Pocatello

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 56,016
% African American: 0.76%
# Of African American Residents: 427
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.4%
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Pocatello, ID

Source: Public domain

7. Garden City

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,873
% African American: 0.72%
# Of African American Residents: 86
Percent Change Since 2010: 616.67%
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Garden City, ID

8. Nampa

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 96,825
% African American: 0.58%
# Of African American Residents: 558
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.77%
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Nampa, ID

9. Star

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,819
% African American: 0.5%
# Of African American Residents: 49
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Star: Real Estate | Data

Star, ID

10. Idaho Falls

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 62,417
% African American: 0.46%
# Of African American Residents: 284
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.09%
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Idaho Falls, ID

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Idaho With The Largest Black Population For 2022

We still believe in the accuracy of data -- especially from the census. So that's where we went to get the breakdown of race across Idaho.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2016-2020 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 32 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 2.4% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Mountain Home took the distinction of being the most Black, while Emmett was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Idaho ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

Summary: Black Populations Across Idaho

If you're looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Idaho according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in Idaho:

  1. Emmett
  2. Hailey
  3. Rupert

For more Idaho reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Idaho

Rank City % African American Population
1 Mountain Home 2.36% 14,308
2 Moscow 1.65% 25,652
3 Boise City 1.48% 228,057
4 Twin Falls 1.27% 49,819
5 Meridian 0.85% 107,787
6 Pocatello 0.76% 56,016
7 Garden City 0.72% 11,873
8 Nampa 0.58% 96,825
9 Star 0.5% 9,819
10 Idaho Falls 0.46% 62,417
11 Eagle 0.44% 28,145
12 Coeur D'alene 0.42% 51,491
13 Blackfoot 0.39% 11,936
14 Caldwell 0.35% 56,734
15 Preston 0.29% 5,477
16 Hayden 0.29% 15,049
17 Jerome 0.28% 11,824
18 Post Falls 0.27% 34,971
19 Rexburg 0.25% 29,064
20 Rathdrum 0.22% 8,672
21 Payette 0.18% 7,655
22 Burley 0.16% 10,476
23 Sandpoint 0.16% 8,692
24 Chubbuck 0.14% 15,301
25 Lewiston 0.07% 32,853
26 Weiser 0.04% 5,358
27 Ammon 0.04% 16,403
28 Kuna 0.01% 20,985
29 Middleton 0.0% 8,005
30 Rupert 0.0% 5,820
31 Hailey 0.0% 8,575
32 Emmett 0.0% 6,942

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Idaho with the largest African American population.

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