Boise’s Population Is Shrinking. We Can’t Believe It Either
We're shocked, to say the least. Unless you live under a rock in the metaverse, you've absolutely heard that Boise is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. If you aren't from Boise, you've probably heard someone throw that in a conversation somewhere. If you are from the city of trees, you heard it 50-100 times per day. At least.
It still feels like Boise is exploding in 2023, doesn't it? We're constantly seeing moving trucks, houses being built, and apartment complexes going up faster than they do in Sim City. Well, it looks like we're wrong. In fact, we're all wrong.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Boise, Idaho actually went down in the past year. To be exact, Boise's population shrunk by just over 1,300 people from 2021 to 2022.
Some other large cities in Idaho aren't experiencing the same loss. Star, Caldwell and Nampa all saw an increase in population from 2021 to 2022, which more or less leaves Boise on an island of loss all by itself. Why? According go Becky Enrico-Crum, Boise Regional REALTOR's president, they want a little more wiggle room:
People have had a lot of elbow room that way. Because they've come from populated areas where it's been so tight and so many people in one spot, they look at it and say, 'wow, we're still close to a main city, but we also are out and we can see the mountains, and we have space to do things.' So, they've enjoyed that.
Are you buying it? We know facts are facts, but it still feels like everybody and their mother are moving to Boise.