Idaho among regions to lead nation’s growth over next 40 years, says think tank

The Manhattan Institute’s new study says the Intermountain West is among four regions that will grow fastest in the next four decades, in part because of pro-business government policies.

America’s Growth Corridors: The Key to National Revival puts all of Idaho, Utah and Nevada in the “growth corridor,” along with eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, eastern California; northwestern  New Mexico; northern Arizona; and western Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado in the fast-growing region.

Released Tuesday, the report also attributes the projection to low housing costs and above average population growth.

The other three growth corridors:

The Great Plains region of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.

The “Third Coast” stretch of counties along the Gulf of Mexico and which range through Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

The “Southeast Manufacturing Belt” of counties in eastern Arkansas, all of Tennessee, and large swaths of Kentucky, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and southwestern Virginia.


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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