The 10 Idaho Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Idaho with the largest African American population.

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 11,316 - at 0.7% 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in Idaho? Mountain Home took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in idaho for 2021. 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 2021

1. Mountain Home

Mountain Home, ID

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Population: 14,166
% African American: 2.8%
# Of African American Residents: 396
Percent Change Since 2010: -19.35%
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2. Boise City

Boise City, ID

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Population: 226,115
% African American: 1.75%
# Of African American Residents: 3,959
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.16%
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3. Moscow

Moscow, ID

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Population: 25,319
% African American: 1.54%
# Of African American Residents: 391
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.95%
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4. Twin Falls

Twin Falls, ID

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Population: 48,951
% African American: 1.3%
# Of African American Residents: 635
Percent Change Since 2010: 122.81%
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5. Meridian

Meridian, ID

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Population: 101,905
% African American: 0.99%
# Of African American Residents: 1,012
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.59%
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6. Pocatello

Pocatello, ID

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Population: 55,525
% African American: 0.86%
# Of African American Residents: 478
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.63%
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7. Blackfoot

Blackfoot, ID

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Population: 11,907
% African American: 0.8%
# Of African American Residents: 95
Percent Change Since 2010: 1483.33%
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8. Garden City

Garden City, ID

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Population: 11,819
% African American: 0.7%
# Of African American Residents: 83
Percent Change Since 2010: 591.67%
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9. Nampa

Nampa, ID

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Population: 93,952
% African American: 0.69%
# Of African American Residents: 651
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.9%
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10. Preston

Preston, ID

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Population: 5,376
% African American: 0.65%
# Of African American Residents: 35
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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How We Determined The Cities In idaho With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 2.8% 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.

There You Have It - 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. Middleton

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Idaho

Rank City % African American Population
1 Mountain Home 2.8% 14,166
2 Boise City 1.75% 226,115
3 Moscow 1.54% 25,319
4 Twin Falls 1.3% 48,951
5 Meridian 0.99% 101,905
6 Pocatello 0.86% 55,525
7 Blackfoot 0.8% 11,907
8 Garden City 0.7% 11,819
9 Nampa 0.69% 93,952
10 Preston 0.65% 5,376
11 Idaho Falls 0.6% 61,459
12 Eagle 0.46% 26,514
13 Lewiston 0.42% 32,664
14 Star 0.34% 9,115
15 Chubbuck 0.29% 14,995
16 Post Falls 0.27% 33,225
17 Coeur D'alene 0.26% 50,540
18 Caldwell 0.26% 54,887
19 Payette 0.25% 7,487
20 Hayden 0.21% 14,698
21 Rexburg 0.19% 28,414
22 Burley 0.17% 10,313
23 Sandpoint 0.17% 8,386
24 Jerome 0.15% 11,653
25 Rathdrum 0.13% 8,284
26 Weiser 0.04% 5,323
27 Rupert 0.03% 5,796
28 Ammon 0.03% 15,859
29 Kuna 0.01% 19,580
30 Middleton 0.0% 7,556
31 Hailey 0.0% 8,408
32 Emmett 0.0% 6,770

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