Idaho (ID)

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Bounded by the Canadian province of British Columbia to the north and the US states of Montana and Wyoming to the east, Utah and Nevada to the south, and Oregon and Washington to the west, Idaho is twice the size of the six New England states combined.

With an abundance of scenic mountains, lakes, rivers and outdoor attractions, the state attracts more than 20 million tourists each year. Idaho produces more potatoes and trout than any other state in the nation, and is known as the “Gem State” for the 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones it produces – some of which are exclusive to the state.

The state capital, Boise, is also its largest city with a population of over 200,000.

Geography

Idaho is located in the western United States and is bordered by Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, and Utah. It covers an area of 83,569 square miles and has a population of 1.7 million people. Idaho is the 39th most populous state in the US.

Idaho has three distinct geographic regions: the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains and the Columbia Plateau. The Rocky Mountains run along Idaho’s northern border with Montana and Wyoming and are characterized by deep canyons, rugged peaks and high elevation plateaus. The Great Plains cover much of Idaho’s eastern border with Montana and Wyoming as well as portions of its southern border with Nevada and Utah. This region is characterized by rolling hills, sagebrush-covered plains and wide valleys. The Columbia Plateau covers much of Idaho’s western border with Washington and Oregon as well as portions of its northern border with Montana. This region is characterized by lava beds, steep cliffs and expansive deserts.

The highest point in Idaho is Borah Peak at 12,662 feet above sea level while Hells Canyon on the Snake River is its deepest canyon at 7,993 feet deep. Idaho also has many rivers including the Snake River which runs through parts of eastern Oregon before entering southwestern Idaho where it forms part of the state’s boundary with Washington before eventually entering its confluence with the Columbia River at Lewiston in north central Idaho; this section of river provides many recreational opportunities such as fishing for salmon or steelhead trout or white-water rafting down its rapids. Other rivers include the Salmon River which flows from central Idaho to Lewiston where it meets up with Clearwater River; Payette River which passes through Boise on its way to meet up with Snake River; Bruneau River which flows through Owyhee County towards Nevada; Boise River which runs through Ada County; Bear Creek that flows into Lake Coeur d’Alene; Salmon Falls Creek that flows into Snake River near Twin Falls; Weiser River that flows into Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Ontario; Salmon Falls Creek that enters Snake River near Twin Falls; Bear Lake that straddles both sides of Utah/Idaho state line near Montpelier; Henry’s Fork that runs from Island Park Reservoir to Palisades Reservoir in Eastern Idaho.

Cities in Idaho

Below are the top 15 cities by population in Idaho. For all cities and towns in the state, please see Idaho cities list.

Boise is the capital of Idaho and is considered one of the most livable cities in the United States. It has a vibrant economy and culture, as well as an excellent quality of life. From outdoor activities to world-class restaurants, Boise has something for everyone. The city has a variety of attractions, including the Boise River Greenbelt, a 25-mile multi-use path along the river; the World Center for Birds of Prey, a raptor research and conservation facility; and many museums. The city also offers plenty of shopping opportunities, from local boutiques to large malls.

Another great city in Idaho is Coeur d’Alene. It’s located on Lake Coeur d’Alene and offers both stunning views and plenty of outdoor activities. There are more than 30 parks in the area, including Tubbs Hill Nature Park and Independence Point Park. The downtown area is full of shops, restaurants, galleries, festivals, and other entertainment venues. During the summer months there are plenty of water sports available on Lake Coeur d’Alene such as swimming, kayaking, fishing, jet skiing and boat tours.

The city of Pocatello is known for its friendly atmosphere with lots to do for everyone from families to college students looking for fun things to do in their free time. There are a variety of parks such as Ross Park which offers playgrounds and hiking trails as well as tennis courts; Lava Hot Springs which features natural hot springs pools; and City Creek Park with its network of trails that go through wetlands along with picnic areas with grills perfect for barbecuing or just having lunch outside with friends or family members. There are also several museums such as Old Town Museum which showcases artifacts from early settlers in Pocatello; Museum Of Natural History which features various exhibits about wildlife native to Idaho; Museum Of Art & Culture which displays artwork created by local artists; plus many more attractions that make Pocatello one of Idaho’s top cities.

Rank City Population
1 Boise City 231,537
2 Meridian 115,227
3 Nampa 98,881
4 Idaho Falls 64,399
5 Caldwell 58,872
6 Pocatello 55,865
7 Coeur d’Alene 53,189
8 Twin Falls 51,223
9 Post Falls 38,162
10 Lewiston 33,964
11 Rexburg 33,684
12 Eagle 29,665
13 Moscow 25,336
14 Kuna 23,765
15 Ammon 17,401

Counties in Idaho

The State of Idaho consists of 44 counties. They are:

  1. Ada County, Idaho
  2. Adams County, Idaho
  3. Bannock County, Idaho
  4. Bear Lake County, Idaho
  5. Benewah County, Idaho
  6. Bingham County, Idaho
  7. Blaine County, Idaho
  8. Boise County, Idaho
  9. Bonner County, Idaho
  10. Bonneville County, Idaho
  11. Boundary County, Idaho
  12. Butte County, Idaho
  13. Camas County, Idaho
  14. Canyon County, Idaho
  15. Caribou County, Idaho
  16. Cassia County, Idaho
  17. Clark County, Idaho
  18. Clearwater County, Idaho
  19. Custer County, Idaho
  20. Elmore County, Idaho
  21. Franklin County, Idaho
  22. Fremont County, Idaho
  23. Gem County, Idaho
  24. Gooding County, Idaho
  25. Idaho County, Idaho
  26. Jefferson County, Idaho
  27. Jerome County, Idaho
  28. Kootenai County, Idaho
  29. Latah County, Idaho
  30. Lemhi County, Idaho
  31. Lewis County, Idaho
  32. Lincoln County, Idaho
  33. Madison County, Idaho
  34. Minidoka County, Idaho
  35. Nez Perce County, Idaho
  36. Oneida County, Idaho
  37. Owyhee County, Idaho
  38. Payette County, Idaho
  39. Power County, Idaho
  40. Shoshone County, Idaho
  41. Teton County, Idaho
  42. Twin Falls County, Idaho
  43. Valley County, Idaho
  44. Washington County, Idaho

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