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Idaho population forecast to grow at three times national rate for next decade, with biggest gain in retirees

June 2, 2017View for printing

A new forecasting model developed by an Idaho Department of Labor regional economist with a math background suggests Idaho's population will grow at three times the national rate between now and 2025 - and nearly all the new residents will be retirees moving to the state.

"A lot of it has to do with cost of living and natural amenities that are bringing in, especially, retirees," said Sam Wolkenhauer, regional labor economist in Post Falls for the department. "We're kind of seeing this in the housing market - it's really hot right now."

By Betsy Z. Russell betsyr@spokesman.com (208) 336-2854

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