I need your help. Prison gerrymandering gives extra political power to legislators who have prisons in their districts. We put numbers on the problem and sparked a movement to protect our democratic process from the overgrown prison system.

Can you help us continue the fight? Thank you.

—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate

Idaho County, Idaho

According to the 2000 Census, Idaho County, Idaho has a population of 15,511 people. Of those, 14,599 (93%) are White, 13 (87%) are Black, and 243 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 297 (or 2% of the 15,511 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Idaho County a population of 15,214 with a demographic that is 94% White, 0% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 15,511 297 15,214
White 14,599 239 14,360
Black 13 7 6
Latino 243 35 208


[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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