If you’ve ever tried looking up fun facts and trivia about Idaho, you’ve probably realized that the definition of “fun” for most of the internet is just a textbook list of Idaho’s official state icons, flora, and fauna. Fortunately, my curiosity took me one step further. Whether you love random facts as much as I do, have always wondered what Idaho’s GDP would equal in rubles, or are simply curious what sort of non-boring facts are discover-able if you search the internet hard enough, this list is for you.
1. Idaho is NOT a tornado-free zone.
Most people believe that Idaho is safe from these swirling vortexes, but that isn't the case. Every year, a dozen or so funnels touch the ground but don't cause enough damage to warrant state-wide attention.
2. The Gem State is bigger than all of New England combined (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island).
And every time you catch a sunset, the beautiful vastness of Idaho's landscape is clear.
3. Idaho has the 2nd lowest obesity rate in the country, tied with Florida and 2nd only to Oregon.
Our secret? Potatoes, obviously.
4. Our combined wilderness is over 4.7 million acres, which is greater than the US's three smallest states combined.
The total land area of Rhode Island, Delaware, and Connecticut is collectively smaller than our state's combined wild, roadless areas.
5. Idaho has the most neutral dialect of any state in the country.
With no discernible accent and no state-specific language quirks, we're the testing ground for nearly every survey and language product on the market. We're also telemarketers central, which is ironic because...
6. Idahoans are ranked as one of the states most known for "cursing like a sailor."
This stat came from a nationwide survey where, according to the companies questioned, Idahoans were likely to launch into naughty language without provocation or hesitation.
7. The highest ethnic population for Idaho is “Other.”
What does that imply? We don't ask questions.
8. Idaho has a nearly perfect 1:1 ratio of men and women.
There's a special someone for everyone, here.
9. Idaho drinks more wine per person than any other state in the country.
Full disclosure: Statistics go back and forth between D.C. and Idaho as the #1 consumer. But since Washington D.C. isn't
technically its own state, Idaho definitely comes out on top.
10. The total length of Idaho's rivers and waterways (over 107,000 miles) could stretch across the US thirty-eight times.
That's a lot of water. Yet, Idaho is also the 5th driest state in the country during the summer.
11. Idaho's average per-city population (7,257) is double the amount of female prisoners in Oklahoma.
Random tidbit for your next party.
12. Idaho's Canadian border is less than 800 football fields long.