( The Gem State )
The state's name is thought to be an Indian name, Ee-dah-hoe, which means "gem of the mountains." Idaho, the 43rd state, joined the U.S. in 1890. Logging as well as mining are big industries in the state. But the state is probably best known for its potatoes. Idaho has a rugged landscape with some of the largest unspoiled natural areas in the country. Idaho is a Rocky Mountains state with exciting scenery and enormous natural resources. Idaho has towering, snow-capped mountain ranges, swirling white rapids, peaceful lakes and steep canyons. The churning waters of Snake River rush through Hells Canyon, which is deeper than the Grand Canyon. Shoshone Falls plunges down rugged cliffs from a height greater than that of Niagara Falls. Idaho is a skier's paradise but also provides excellent opportunities for hikers and campers during the summer.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Idaho include:
The Flag of Idaho|
Entered the Union in 1890 as the 43rd State; flag adopted in 1927. The seal incorporates symbols of agriculture, mining, forestry, wildlife, and women's rights.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Boise City, 185,787; Nampa, 51,867; Pocatello, 51,466; Idaho Falls, 50,730; Meridian, 34,919; Coeur d'Alene, 34,514; Twin Falls, 34,469; Lewiston, 30,904; Caldwell, 25,967; Moscow, 21,291
Business and Trade in Idaho
Agriculture: Cattle, potatoes, dairy products, wheat, sugar beets, barley.
Industries: Food processing, lumber and wood products, machinery, chemical products, paper products, silver and other mining, tourism.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Mountain Bluebird
- Flower: Syringa - Mock Orange (philadelphus lewisii)
- Tree: White Pine (Pinus Monticola pinaceae)
- Song(s): Here We Have Idaho
- Motto: Esto perpetua (Let it be perpetual)
1,293,953 (15.6 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 11th Largest
Pub & Prv Schools
College & University
Border States: Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Illicit Drug Use
Youth Risk Survey
Housing: In Idaho, there are 527,824 housing units, averaging to 6.4 per sq mile.