How do these projections work?
The Idaho Department of Labor creates population projections using detailed demographic data which take into account factors like birth rates, death rates and migration in and out of the state.
The Census Bureau maintains multiple programs for estimating the population of America’s states, counties, and cities. These programs include the Census July Population Estimates and population numbers generated from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Because these estimates come from different programs and methodologies, they often differ slightly. In the interest of updating our population projections in a timely manner, we base our estimates on the American Community Survey’s estimates. As a result, the data in our forecast may differ slightly from other estimates that you may see.
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