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 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 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. 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.

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.

1. Mountain Home

Mountain Home, Idaho

Population: 13,823
% African American: 2.03%
# Of African American Residents: 280
Percent Change Since 2010: -42.97%
More on Mountain Home: Data | Jobs

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%
More on Boise City: Data | Jobs

Boise ) is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Idaho, as well as the county seat of Ada County. Located on the Boise River in southwestern Idaho, the population of Boise at the 2010 Census was 205,671, the 99th largest in the United States. Its estimated population in 2016 was 223,154.

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%
More on Twin Falls: Data | Jobs

Twin Falls is the county seat and largest city of Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States. The city had a population of 44,125 as of the 2010 census.

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%
More on Meridian: Data | Jobs

Meridian is a city located in Ada County in the US state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population of Meridian was 75,092 making it the third largest city in Idaho after Boise and Nampa. A 2015 estimate placed the population at approximately 90,739. Meridian is the state’s fastest-growing city, with an 81.5 percent increase in population since 2000.

5. Moscow

Moscow, Idaho

Population: 24,855
% African American: 0.98%
# Of African American Residents: 244
Percent Change Since 2010: -20.78%
More on Moscow: Data | Jobs

Moscow is a city in northern Idaho along the state border with Washington, with a population of 23,800 at the 2010 census. The county seat and largest city of Latah County, Moscow is the home of the University of Idaho, the state’s land grant institution and primary research university, as well as the home of New Saint Andrews College, a Christian liberal arts college.

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%
More on Rexburg: Data | Jobs

Rexburg is a city in Madison County, Idaho, United States. The population was 25,484 at the 2010 census, up from 17,257 in 2000. The city is the county seat of Madison County and its largest city. Rexburg is the principal city of the Rexburg, ID Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Fremont and Madison Counties. The city is home to Brigham Young University-Idaho, a private institution operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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%
More on Pocatello: Data | Jobs

Pocatello ) is the county seat and largest city of Bannock County, with a small portion on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in neighboring Power County, in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Idaho. It is the principal city of the Pocatello metropolitan area, which encompasses all of Bannock county. As of the 2010 census the population of Pocatello was 54,255.

8. Preston

Preston, Idaho

Population: 5,252
% African American: 0.7%
# Of African American Residents: 37
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Preston: Data | Jobs

Preston is a city in Franklin County, Idaho, United States. The population was 5,204 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Franklin County. It is part of the Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.

9. Garden City

Garden City, Idaho

Population: 11,423
% African American: 0.58%
# Of African American Residents: 66
Percent Change Since 2010: 450.0%
More on Garden City: Data | Jobs

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%
More on Nampa: Data | Jobs

Nampa ) is the largest city of Canyon County, Idaho. The population of Nampa was 81,557 at the 2010 census making it the second-most populous city in Idaho. Nampa is located about 20 miles west of Boise along Interstate 84, and six miles west of Meridian. Nampa is the second principal city of the Boise-Nampa metropolitan area. The name “Nampa” may have come from a Shoshoni word meaning either moccasin or footprint.

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

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

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