Idaho's landscapes are only matched by the rich diversity of its population. Idaho's history is marked by waves of immigration that have shaped the state's identity. From the early pioneers who sought a better life during the Gold Rush era to the influx of European and Asian immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Idaho has long been a land of opportunity and new beginnings.

Impact on Economy: Thriving Together

Immigrants have not only brought their dreams and aspirations to Idaho but have also made significant contributions to the state's economy. Look around, and you'll find thriving businesses established by immigrant entrepreneurs, creating jobs and driving innovation. From software startups to family-owned restaurants, their entrepreneurial spirit energizes Idaho's economic landscape.

Cultural Influences: Festivals, Flavors, and Fusion

Step into Idaho's cultural scene, and you'll be greeted by a vibrant tapestry of traditions, festivals, and flavors. Immigrants have enriched Idaho's cultural fabric by sharing their customs, traditions, and cuisines. From the Basque festivals in Boise to the Greek Orthodox celebrations in Pocatello, these events bring communities together, fostering understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures.

And let's not forget the impact on Idaho's food scene! The culinary scene has been transformed with the infusion of immigrant flavors and techniques. From mouthwatering tacos to fragrant curry dishes, Idahoans now have a vast array of international cuisines to savor, giving our taste buds a passport to global flavors.

Where immigrants are coming from? 

Stacker put together a list of the biggest sources of immigrants to Idaho using data from the "U.S. Census Bureau."

LOOK: Biggest sources of immigrants to Idaho

Stacker compiled a list of where people are moving from most to Idaho from the 2020 Census.

Gallery Credit: Stacker

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