If you were raised in Idaho you probably remember Idaho history in 4th grade. If you recently moved to Idaho you may not know much about our state. Either way, we found some Idaho facts on InfoPlease.com that are either great for a refresher or may be new information to you.

 

Idaho Facts:

  • Capital: Boise
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: Idaho/ID
  • Governor: C. L. Butch Otter, R (to Jan. 2019)
  • Lieut. Governor: Brad Little, R (to Jan. 2019)
  • Senators: Mike Crapo, R (to Jan. 2017); Jim Risch, R (to Jan. 2015)
  • U.S. Representatives: 2
  • Historical biographies of Congressional members
  • Secy. of State: Lawerence Denney, R (to Jan. 2019)
  • Atty. General: Lawrence Wasden, R (to Jan. 2019)
  • Treasurer: Ron G. Crane, R (to Jan. 2019)
  • Organized as territory: March 3, 1863
  • Entered Union (rank): July 3, 1890 (43)
  • Present constitution adopted: 1890
  • Motto: Esto perpetua (It is forever)
  • State symbols:
  • Flower syringa
  • Tree white pine
  • Bird mountain bluebird
  • Horse - Appaloosa
  • Gem Star - garnet
  • Song - “Here We Have Idaho”
  • Folk Dance - Square Dance
  • Fish - Cutthroat trout
  • Fossil - Hagerman Horse Fossil
  • Nickname - Gem State
  • Origin of name - An invented name whose meaning is unknown.
  • 10 largest cities (2014):
    • Boise, 212,303
    • Nampa, 83,930
    • Meridian, 80,386
    • Idaho Falls, 57,899
    • Pocatello, 54,777
    • Caldwell, 47,668
    • Twin Falls, 45.981
    • Coeur d'Alene, 45,579
    • Lewiston, 32,051
    • Post Falls, 28,651
  • Land area: 82,747 sq mi. (214,315 sq km)
  • Geographic center: In Custer Co., at Custer, SW of Challis
  • Number of counties: 44, plus small part of Yellowstone National Park
  • Largest county by population and area: Ada, 408,853 (2014)
  • Idaho, 8,485 sq mi.
  • State forests: 881,000 ac.
  • State parks: 30 (43,000+ ac.)
  • Residents: Idahoan
  • 2015 resident population: 1,654,930
  • 2010 resident census population (rank): 1,567,582(39)
  • Male: 785,324 (50.1%); Female: 782,258 (49.9%)