The populations of Idahos 200 cities stabilized in 2011 as depressed housing prices and an uncertain economy kept people from moving.
Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau found only one city, the small community of Oxford in the southeastern corner of the state, posted an increase in excess of 2 percent. Oxford added two people from 2010 to push its population up 4.2 percent, to 50.
Only seven cities recorded population losses exceeding 2 percent. The worst was 4.1 percent in Butte City just outside Arco on the eastern Idaho desert. Butte Citys population dropped from 74 to 71.
Still, more than half of Idaho cities gained population in 2011, continuing the shift from rural to urban. Nearly 69 percent of the states almost 1.6 million people lived in an incorporated city in 2011. Less than 59 percent lived in cities in 1990.
Boise remained the largest city, at 210,145, increasing 1.9 percent in 2011, followed by Nampa at 82,755, up 1.2 percent. The smallest city was Warm River, with three people.