Chances are you’re more likely to meet a Floridian than a North Dakotan in Idaho. From 2009 to 2010, Idaho’s seen more than 1,000 people come from the Sunshine State.
In the last decade, Idaho’s population has grown by more than 20 percent. U.S. Census Bureau data show nearly 275,000 people moved to the Gem State from 2000 to 2010. Idaho’s rate of growth outpaced the national average which saw its population go up by about 10 percent in the last decade.
So, where are people moving to Idaho from? We downloaded data collected by the Internal Revenue Service that tracks state-to-state movement based on where tax returns are filed each year.
The data isn’t conclusive, but it does give us clues as to where people are moving from.
Click around the map to see the data:
Source: IRS | Download Data
It’s no surprise most of the people coming to Idaho are from nearby states. It’s also important to note while not all of these states share a border with Idaho, some have huge populations (37 million in California, 25 million in Texas). So the big states simply have more people to move around.
Top 10 States Sending People To Idaho
The IRS data also shows something perhaps unexpected, and that we can’t easily illustrate on this map of the United States — more than 1,100 foreigners filed their tax returns in Idaho in 2009/2010.