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Idaho Population by Race and Ethnicity

Idaho the 38th largest U.S. state by population has a racially and ethnically diverse population. As of 2020, White (Non-Hispanic)  are the largest group in Idaho followed by Hispanic or Latino Americans. 

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Ethnic and Racial Percentage

In 2020, the White alone (non-Hispanic) population was the largest racial or ethnic group in Idaho, comprising 78.87% of the total population. It was followed by the Hispanic or Latino population whose share was 13.02%.

Multiracial populations were at 4.23% and Asians at 1.42%. The American Indian population was at 1.03% in Idaho.

The ethnic composition of  Idaho is as follows

Race and OriginActual PopulationPercentage 2020
White alone1,450,52378.87%
Hispanic or Latino239,40713.02%
Two or more races77,8084.23%
Asian alone26,0361.42%
American Indians and Alaska Natives alone18,9031.03%
Black or African American alone14,7850.80%
Some Other Race alone8,2430.45%
Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islanders3,4010.18%

Source: US Census 2020

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*US Census recognized five racial categories (White, Black or African American, Asian American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) as well as people of two or more races. It also classified respondents as "Hispanic or Latino" or "Not Hispanic or Latino", identifying Hispanic and Latino as an ethnicity (not a race), which comprises the largest minority group in the nation.


Ancestry in Idaho

As per Census Studies and estimate German, English, Irish, American, and Scottish have made the five largest ancestry groups in Idaho. In 2020, 5.4% of the population considered themselves to be of only American ancestry (regardless of race or ethnicity). Many of these were of English or Scotch-Irish or European descent; however, their families have lived in the state for so long they choose to identify as having “American” ancestry or do not know their ancestry.

The Largest Ancestry in Idaho is as follows

9French 40,0052.2%
17French Canadian8,7900.5%
24Subsaharan African3,2430.2%
27West Indian8170.0%

Source: US Census 2020

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European Ancestry in Idaho

Non-Hispanic Whites account for nearly 78.87% of Idaho’s population. German, English and Irish Americans have made up the three largest European ancestry groups in Idaho. As per the Census report, German Americans made up 15.3% of the population and numbered 272,803 members.

English Americans made up 14.7% of the population and numbered 262,554. Irish Americans made up 8.2% of the population and number 142,980 followed by Scottish ancestry at 3.3% of the population and number 58,587

Hispanics and Latinos in Idaho

Hispanics and Latinos are the second-largest groups in Idaho. Around 13% of Idaho’s Population claims Hispanic or Latin American ethnicity. The largest groups are Mexican (10.6%), Puerto Rican (0.2%), Cuban (0.1%), and other Hispanic or Latino origin (1.3%).

Multi-Race in Idaho

Multiracial individuals are also a visible minority in Idaho and they are the third largest group. People identifying as multiracial form 4.23%  of the population, and number around 77,808  people. 

African Americans in Idaho

African Americans are a smaller minority in the state. As of 2020, those of African ancestry accounted for 0.80% of Idaho’s population.

Asian Americans in Idaho

Asian Americans are a sizable minority group in Idaho. Americans of Asian descent formed 1.42 % of the population. Its ethnic Asian population has grown rapidly since the late 1990s; the majority are Indians, Filipinos, Vietnamese, and ethnic Chinese.

Native Americans in Idaho

Native Americans are a smaller minority in the state. Native Americans made up 1.03% of Idaho’s population and number 19,000 individuals as of 2020. The Native Tribes of Idaho are Kootenai, Kalispel, Coeur d’ Alene,  Palouse, Nez Perce, Northern Paiute, and Shoshone – Bannock.

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