The Idaho's Ethnic page describes the various of groups that are located within the State of Idaho by cultures and societies, and IDGenWeb hopes to connect our patrons to those related resources to gain further information about their cultural traditions.
The Ethnic Map shows the following colored map pins of the different ethnic groups that are located in the State of Idaho. Those this ethnic map gives general information as over time the various ethnic groups have moved around until it became a melting pot of all or none of the group.
The Ethnic Groups in Idaho has been widely diverse from every walks of life. Perhaps one of the most prominent individuals that have been was the miners from every ethnic groups. The image below is a group of miners who worked in the many mining districts across the state.
Thanks to the Idaho Mining Association one of several images of miners in Idaho.
|Enthnic Groups||Cultural Backgrounds & Traditions||Additional Info|
|Asian (Chinese & Japanese)||Miners & Domestic Workers|
|Black (African American)||Runaways, Former Slaves, & Scouts|
|Czechs ()||See Ethnic Map for general Czechs popluation|
|Dutch ()||primarily farmers|
|English (includes Cornish & Irish) ()||Miners, and Settlers|
|Finnish||Silver Valley & Long Valley|
|French & French Canadians ()||Early Miners, then spread across the stae|
|Germans & German Russians () ||Shoshone, Latah, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Bannock, Bingham, & Minidoka Counties
|Hispanic (Mexican) ()||agricultural workers
|Italians||primarily miners in Central mining districts
|Mormons||Settlements in Centeral & Eastern Idaho, & Upper Snake River Valley||More Info|
|Native American (Coeurd'Alene)||Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe (Skitswish)||More Info|
|Native American (Kootenai)||Kootenai Tribes||More Info|
|Native American (Nez Perce)||Nez Perce Tribe||More Info|
|Native American (Shoshone-Bannock)||Shoshone-Bannock Tribes||More Info|
|Native American (Shoshone-Paiute)||Shoshone-Paiute Tribes||More Info|
|Poles & Slovaks||Sawtooth Mountain Range|
|Portuguese||Settled in Lincoln & Gooding counties|
|Scandinavians ()||Panhandle Settlements, Bear Lake Valley & Upper Snake River Valley|
|Swiss ()||primarily farmers.|
|Welsh ()||Miners, Mormons & Railroad Workers|
The 2000 census included 17,645 American Indians. There are five reservations; the most extensive is that of the Nez Perce' in northern Idaho, with a total population of 17,959 in 2000.
There is a very small population of black Americans (5,456 in 2000) and a larger number of Asians (11,889 in 2000), 2,642 of them Japanese. In 2000 there were 101,690 persons of Hispanic origin, and a very visible Basque community in the Boise area, with an organization devoted to preserving their language and culture.
The foreign born (64,080) accounted for about 5% of Idaho's population in 2000, up from 28,905 (2.8%) in 1990.
Cited From City-Data.com, http://www.city-data.com/states/Idaho-Ethnic-groups.html
Compiled by Rhett Butler
Originally written for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
Idaho Public TeleVision
daho's people come from many parts of the world. Discover the ethnic diversity of Idaho's residents and how economic development brought people to the state. The program discusses the conditions many groups found in Idaho.Visit some ethnic groups in Idaho today.
This article was written on May 6, 1990 by Carole Simon-Smolinksi for the Tribune.
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