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03/12/2013 11:21 am ET

Idaho's Hispanic Population Growth Moves State Forward

To understand the country's changing demographic, look no further than the state of Idaho.

The Hispanic population in the state has grown by 73 percent over the past decade, according to a recent report from the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs. If it wasn't for Hispanic population growth, many of the rural counties in Idaho would be losing population.

"Like the rest of the nation, Idaho is becoming more diverse, mainly because of its growing Hispanic population," Margie Gonzalez, executive director of the Commission on Hispanic Affairs, wrote in an email. "Every county in Idaho had an increase in its Hispanic population, while almost one half of Idaho's counties (all rural) had a decline in non-Hispanic population."

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