These Are The 10 Idaho Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


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 9,818 – 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 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 2018:

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

Mountain Home took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Idaho for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In Idaho With The Largest Black Population For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 2.0% 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 Weiser was the least African American city.

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.

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1. Mountain Home

Mountain Home, Idaho

Population: 13,823
% African American: 2.03%
# Of African American Residents: 280
Percent Change Since 2010: -42.97%

2. Boise City

Boise City, Idaho

Population: 218,677
% African American: 1.67%
# Of African American Residents: 3,649
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.33%

3. Twin Falls

Twin Falls, Idaho

Source: Public domain

Population: 46,623
% African American: 1.0%
# Of African American Residents: 468
Percent Change Since 2010: 64.21%

4. Meridian

Meridian, Idaho

Source: Public domain

Population: 88,247
% African American: 0.99%
# Of African American Residents: 870
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.0%

5. Moscow

Moscow, Idaho

Population: 24,855
% African American: 0.98%
# Of African American Residents: 244
Percent Change Since 2010: -20.78%

6. Rexburg

Rexburg, Idaho

Source: Public domain

Population: 27,114
% African American: 0.83%
# Of African American Residents: 225
Percent Change Since 2010: 106.42%

7. Pocatello

Pocatello, Idaho

Source: Public domain

Population: 54,592
% African American: 0.82%
# Of African American Residents: 446
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.95%

8. Preston

Preston, Idaho

Population: 5,252
% African American: 0.7%
# Of African American Residents: 37
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%

9. Garden City

Garden City, Idaho

Population: 11,423
% African American: 0.58%
# Of African American Residents: 66
Percent Change Since 2010: 450.0%

10. Nampa

Nampa, Idaho

Source: Public domain

Population: 87,896
% African American: 0.54%
# Of African American Residents: 476
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.21%

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. Weiser
  2. Middleton
  3. Emmett

For more Idaho reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Idaho

City Rank Population % African American
Mountain Home 1 13,823 2.03%
Boise City 2 218,677 1.67%
Twin Falls 3 46,623 1.0%
Meridian 4 88,247 0.99%
Moscow 5 24,855 0.98%
Rexburg 6 27,114 0.83%
Pocatello 7 54,592 0.82%
Preston 8 5,252 0.7%
Garden City 9 11,423 0.58%
Nampa 10 87,896 0.54%
Caldwell 11 50,288 0.48%
Post Falls 12 30,157 0.44%
Idaho Falls 13 58,933 0.43%
Ammon 14 14,767 0.38%
Burley 15 10,382 0.34%
Blackfoot 16 11,878 0.31%
Coeur d’Alene 17 47,842 0.31%
Lewiston 18 32,484 0.3%
Sandpoint 19 7,698 0.27%
Hayden 20 13,916 0.26%
Payette 21 7,402 0.22%
Eagle 22 22,711 0.2%
Rathdrum 23 7,357 0.16%
Jerome 24 11,140 0.11%
Chubbuck 25 14,326 0.1%
Hailey 26 8,058 0.06%
Rupert 27 5,702 0.04%
Star 28 7,255 0.0%
Kuna 29 17,015 0.0%
Emmett 30 6,590 0.0%
Middleton 31 6,416 0.0%
Weiser 32 5,350 0.0%

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