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As workers flock to the Gem State, locals in the Boise metro area struggle with the byproducts of a population boom. In 2016, Idaho saw 15,784 net new arrivals, 85 percent of whom came from California, The Wall Street Journal correspondent Jim Carlton reports:

The shift is a far cry from a decade ago when Idaho’s economy collapsed during the recession, in part due to a housing glut. The state has since rebounded bigger than ever—with its population jumping 10% from 2011 to more than 1.7 million in 2017.

Meanwhile, median single-family home prices have doubled from $147,000 in 2011 to $297,000, according to the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service. This is pricing out local households with a median income of only $52,249, according to WSJ. A regional shortage of construction workers is expected to worsen, Carlton writes, given projections that Idaho could add another 200,000 residents by 2025.

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