Counties with the most born-and-bred residents in Idaho

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August 9, 2021
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Counties with the most born-and-bred residents in Idaho

In certain corners of the U.S., the only way you’ll ever be considered a local is if you were born there. Elsewhere, particularly in major metropolitan centers, the constant influx of new businesses, college students, and families can transform neighborhoods every few years and certainly decade over decade.

Americans change their addresses at higher rates than most other countries, but that “move, move, move” mentality may be shifting. In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that only 11.2% of respondents had moved within the last year. Additionally, 72% of Americans reported living in or close to the city they grew up in. To learn more about where people are staying put, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most born-and-bred residents in Idaho using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percentage of residents that were born in the state as of 2019.

Keep reading to discover which counties in your state have the most born-and-bred residents.

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#30. Clark County

- Population: 913
- Born in Idaho: 384 (42.1% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 226 (24.8% of population)
--- Midwest (6.0%), Northeast (0.9%), South (3.0%), West (14.9%)
- Born in another country: 302 (33.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.7%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.0%), Latin America (32.0%), North America (0.4%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#29. Valley County

- Population: 10,709
- Born in Idaho: 4,601 (43.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 6,016 (56.2% of population)
--- Midwest (8.2%), Northeast (5.8%), South (3.9%), West (38.2%)
- Born in another country: 71 (0.7% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.4%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#28. Boise County

- Population: 7,378
- Born in Idaho: 3,207 (43.5% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,858 (52.3% of population)
--- Midwest (13.0%), Northeast (2.7%), South (5.8%), West (30.7%)
- Born in another country: 248 (3.4% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.9%), Europe (0.7%), Latin America (1.5%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#27. Madison County

- Population: 39,100
- Born in Idaho: 17,270 (44.2% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 19,677 (50.3% of population)
--- Midwest (4.0%), Northeast (1.9%), South (6.7%), West (37.7%)
- Born in another country: 1,807 (4.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (1.3%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (2.7%), North America (0.5%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#26. Clearwater County

- Population: 8,673
- Born in Idaho: 3,848 (44.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 4,622 (53.3% of population)
--- Midwest (9.9%), Northeast (4.4%), South (5.5%), West (33.3%)
- Born in another country: 183 (2.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.4%), Europe (0.6%), Latin America (0.8%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.2%)
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#25. Ada County

- Population: 456,849
- Born in Idaho: 205,517 (45.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 219,842 (48.1% of population)
--- Midwest (8.3%), Northeast (3.3%), South (5.7%), West (30.7%)
- Born in another country: 26,655 (5.8% of population)
--- Africa (0.4%), Asia (2.1%), Europe (1.3%), Latin America (1.6%), North America (0.4%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#24. Shoshone County

- Population: 12,609
- Born in Idaho: 5,856 (46.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 6,591 (52.3% of population)
--- Midwest (9.8%), Northeast (2.6%), South (6.1%), West (33.3%)
- Born in another country: 148 (1.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.2%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.3%), North America (0.4%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#23. Camas County

- Population: 1,048
- Born in Idaho: 492 (46.9% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 534 (51.0% of population)
--- Midwest (6.0%), Northeast (0.4%), South (6.7%), West (37.5%)
- Born in another country: 22 (2.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.0%), Latin America (1.6%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.5%)
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#22. Canyon County

- Population: 217,633
- Born in Idaho: 106,282 (48.8% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 92,024 (42.3% of population)
--- Midwest (5.9%), Northeast (1.9%), South (5.1%), West (29.3%)
- Born in another country: 17,286 (7.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.7%), Europe (0.7%), Latin America (6.4%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.1%)
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#21. Gem County

- Population: 17,331
- Born in Idaho: 8,530 (49.2% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 8,067 (46.5% of population)
--- Midwest (8.6%), Northeast (2.3%), South (4.5%), West (31.1%)
- Born in another country: 557 (3.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.3%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (2.3%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#20. Custer County

- Population: 4,169
- Born in Idaho: 2,094 (50.2% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,049 (49.1% of population)
--- Midwest (10.4%), Northeast (1.6%), South (7.1%), West (30.2%)
- Born in another country: 25 (0.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.4%), Latin America (0.2%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#19. Jerome County

- Population: 23,730
- Born in Idaho: 12,026 (50.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 7,531 (31.7% of population)
--- Midwest (4.6%), Northeast (1.9%), South (3.3%), West (21.0%)
- Born in another country: 3,900 (16.4% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.4%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (15.2%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.3%)
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#18. Idaho County

- Population: 16,411
- Born in Idaho: 8,521 (51.9% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 7,586 (46.2% of population)
--- Midwest (7.3%), Northeast (3.1%), South (4.6%), West (31.1%)
- Born in another country: 217 (1.3% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.4%), Europe (0.5%), Latin America (0.4%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#17. Nez Perce County

- Population: 40,217
- Born in Idaho: 21,499 (53.5% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 17,589 (43.7% of population)
--- Midwest (7.6%), Northeast (2.0%), South (3.5%), West (30.3%)
- Born in another country: 768 (1.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.6%), Europe (0.5%), Latin America (0.5%), North America (0.4%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#16. Twin Falls County

- Population: 84,869
- Born in Idaho: 45,558 (53.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 31,041 (36.6% of population)
--- Midwest (5.5%), Northeast (1.8%), South (3.9%), West (25.4%)
- Born in another country: 7,619 (9.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.5%), Asia (1.7%), Europe (1.6%), Latin America (4.9%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.1%)
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#15. Owyhee County

- Population: 11,552
- Born in Idaho: 6,213 (53.8% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 4,168 (36.1% of population)
--- Midwest (5.9%), Northeast (1.4%), South (5.0%), West (23.8%)
- Born in another country: 1,123 (9.7% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.4%), Latin America (9.3%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#14. Lewis County

- Population: 3,838
- Born in Idaho: 2,067 (53.9% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,668 (43.5% of population)
--- Midwest (5.7%), Northeast (1.6%), South (5.0%), West (31.1%)
- Born in another country: 84 (2.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (1.0%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (0.4%), North America (0.4%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#13. Lincoln County

- Population: 5,350
- Born in Idaho: 2,913 (54.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,605 (30.0% of population)
--- Midwest (3.6%), Northeast (1.0%), South (4.1%), West (21.2%)
- Born in another country: 832 (15.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (15.3%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#12. Minidoka County

- Population: 20,705
- Born in Idaho: 11,452 (55.3% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 6,239 (30.1% of population)
--- Midwest (4.0%), Northeast (1.1%), South (3.9%), West (21.0%)
- Born in another country: 2,977 (14.4% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.2%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (13.7%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#11. Caribou County

- Population: 6,953
- Born in Idaho: 3,889 (55.9% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,837 (40.8% of population)
--- Midwest (4.1%), Northeast (1.4%), South (2.0%), West (33.4%)
- Born in another country: 211 (3.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.2%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (2.5%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#10. Gooding County

- Population: 15,148
- Born in Idaho: 8,636 (57.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 4,460 (29.4% of population)
--- Midwest (3.5%), Northeast (1.5%), South (2.6%), West (21.9%)
- Born in another country: 1,951 (12.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (12.3%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.2%)
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#9. Bonneville County

- Population: 114,392
- Born in Idaho: 65,834 (57.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 41,550 (36.3% of population)
--- Midwest (5.5%), Northeast (2.2%), South (4.2%), West (24.4%)
- Born in another country: 6,094 (5.3% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.5%), Europe (0.5%), Latin America (3.9%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.1%)
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#8. Bear Lake County

- Population: 6,000
- Born in Idaho: 3,520 (58.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,251 (37.5% of population)
--- Midwest (3.7%), Northeast (0.7%), South (3.2%), West (30.0%)
- Born in another country: 185 (3.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.3%), Asia (0.5%), Europe (0.9%), Latin America (1.2%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.1%)
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#7. Bannock County

- Population: 85,765
- Born in Idaho: 50,568 (59.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 31,086 (36.2% of population)
--- Midwest (5.3%), Northeast (2.2%), South (4.2%), West (24.3%)
- Born in another country: 3,512 (4.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.2%), Asia (1.9%), Europe (0.4%), Latin America (1.2%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.2%)
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#6. Cassia County

- Population: 23,690
- Born in Idaho: 14,057 (59.3% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 6,805 (28.7% of population)
--- Midwest (3.2%), Northeast (0.6%), South (3.5%), West (21.4%)
- Born in another country: 2,529 (10.7% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.5%), Europe (0.4%), Latin America (9.4%), North America (0.4%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#5. Butte County

- Population: 2,581
- Born in Idaho: 1,534 (59.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,012 (39.2% of population)
--- Midwest (4.3%), Northeast (0.7%), South (5.6%), West (28.6%)
- Born in another country: 17 (0.7% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (0.5%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#4. Power County

- Population: 7,671
- Born in Idaho: 4,610 (60.1% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,867 (24.3% of population)
--- Midwest (4.4%), Northeast (1.1%), South (2.6%), West (16.2%)
- Born in another country: 1,169 (15.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.5%), Latin America (14.7%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#3. Fremont County

- Population: 13,020
- Born in Idaho: 8,013 (61.5% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 4,164 (32.0% of population)
--- Midwest (4.1%), Northeast (1.2%), South (3.6%), West (22.9%)
- Born in another country: 777 (6.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.2%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (4.8%), North America (0.6%), Oceania (0.3%)
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#2. Jefferson County

- Population: 28,534
- Born in Idaho: 18,354 (64.3% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 8,972 (31.4% of population)
--- Midwest (5.3%), Northeast (0.9%), South (4.2%), West (21.0%)
- Born in another country: 1,071 (3.8% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.2%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (3.1%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.1%)
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#1. Bingham County

- Population: 45,839
- Born in Idaho: 31,504 (68.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 11,578 (25.3% of population)
--- Midwest (3.7%), Northeast (1.1%), South (2.9%), West (17.6%)
- Born in another country: 2,233 (4.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (4.3%), North America (0.2%), Oceania (0.1%)

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