Idaho Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Idaho with 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 10,739 – 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Idaho? Mountain Home took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Idaho for 2020. 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 2020

Mountain Home, ID

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8
/10

Population: 13,998
% African American: 3.04%
# Of African American Residents: 426
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.24%
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Boise City, ID

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7.5
/10

Population: 224,300
% African American: 1.96%
# Of African American Residents: 4,389
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.58%
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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.

Moscow, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,174
% African American: 1.24%
# Of African American Residents: 311
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.97%
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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.

Twin Falls, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 48,225
% African American: 1.12%
# Of African American Residents: 542
Percent Change Since 2010: 90.18%
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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.

Garden City, ID

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6
/10

Population: 11,743
% African American: 0.8%
# Of African American Residents: 94
Percent Change Since 2010: 683.33%
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Pocatello, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 55,162
% African American: 0.77%
# Of African American Residents: 422
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.2%
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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.

Idaho Falls, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 60,147
% African American: 0.73%
# Of African American Residents: 441
Percent Change Since 2010: 105.12%
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Idaho Falls is a city in and the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States, and is the largest city in Eastern Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population of Idaho Falls was 56,813, with a metro population of 136,108. As of 2016, the population was estimated at 60,211.

Meridian, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 97,008
% African American: 0.65%
# Of African American Residents: 633
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.69%
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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.

Preston, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 5,311
% African American: 0.6%
# Of African American Residents: 32
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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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.

Nampa, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 91,663
% African American: 0.53%
# Of African American Residents: 489
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.68%
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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.

How We Determined The Cities In Idaho With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 3.0% 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 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. Kuna
  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 3.04% 13,998
2 Boise City 1.96% 224,300
3 Moscow 1.24% 25,174
4 Twin Falls 1.12% 48,225
5 Garden City 0.8% 11,743
6 Pocatello 0.77% 55,162
7 Idaho Falls 0.73% 60,147
8 Meridian 0.65% 97,008
9 Preston 0.6% 5,311
10 Nampa 0.53% 91,663
11 Eagle 0.39% 25,075
12 Coeur D’alene 0.37% 49,609
13 Chubbuck 0.35% 14,728
14 Rexburg 0.33% 27,957
15 Payette 0.32% 7,394
16 Caldwell 0.32% 53,205
17 Lewiston 0.26% 32,604
18 Hayden 0.21% 14,380
19 Burley 0.2% 10,373
20 Rathdrum 0.2% 7,904
21 Sandpoint 0.16% 8,144
22 Post Falls 0.12% 31,945
23 Weiser 0.08% 5,326
24 Jerome 0.06% 11,503
25 Hailey 0.06% 8,259
26 Rupert 0.03% 5,782
27 Ammon 0.03% 15,403
28 Star 0.01% 8,495
29 Blackfoot 0.01% 11,854
30 Middleton 0.0% 7,115
31 Kuna 0.0% 18,445
32 Emmett 0.0% 6,670

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