Gem State

Interesting Facts about Idaho

  • Idaho's Population is around 1.5 million with about 600,000 living in the Boise metro area.
  • Idaho has 3,100 miles of rivers - more than any other state.
  • In 1928 the first Idaho license plate to feature the word "potato" was created.
  • Idaho is one of only two places in the world where star garnets can be found in any significant quantities (India is the other)
  • Idaho is called the "Gem State", because nearly every known type of gemstone has been found in the state of Idaho. More than 72 different precious and semi-precious gemstones are mined from Idaho
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