Columbus, Ohio (10,770), was the only city from the Midwest on the top 15 list. Four states gained more than 50,000 housing units between 20: Texas (172,000), Florida (108,000), California (104,000) and North Carolina (63,000).

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But to Mountain Home, 50 miles southeast of Kuna, that triumph looked more like a failure: CS Beef Packers had passed over Mountain Home after realizing the city didn’t have enough water to support the new plant.

Like many Western communities, Mountain Home, a town of about 14,000 people in Elmore County, relies on groundwater to irrigate fields and supply homes with water.

Such transfers have a long and fraught history, from Owens Lake in California, which the Los Angeles Water Board drained in the early 1900s to slake the thirst of the growing city 200 miles to the south, to Colorado’s dozens of diversions, most of which funnel water across the Continental Divide, from the wetter western side of the state to cities and farms in the arid east.

In Elmore County, officials have applied to draw up to 20,000 acre-feet of water from the South Fork of the Boise River each year; for comparison, that’s enough water to supply about 40,000 households, though it wouldn’t go directly to municipal use.

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When CS Beef Packers — a partnership between agribusiness giant J. Simplot Company and Caviness Beef Packers, a Texas-based company — opened a 700-job, state-of-the-art cattle-processing facility near Kuna, Idaho, in 2017, officials boasted of boosting the local economy. Source: U. Rounding out the top five with the largest population increases were San Antonio, Texas (20,824); Fort Worth, Texas (19,552); Seattle, Wash. Twelve states added more than 150,000 housing units between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2018.

Census Bureau MAY 23, 2019 — The South and West continue to have the fastest-growing cities in the United States, according to new population estimates for cities and towns released by the U. Phoenix, Ariz., was at the top of the list with an increase of 25,288 people. (12,153); Frisco, Texas (10,884); Mc Kinney, Texas (9,888); and Miami, Fla. Rounding out the top five states in percentage gain were Utah (13.2%), Texas (11.3%), Idaho (10.2%) and Colorado (9.5%).

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The Idaho Department of Water Resources is still considering Elmore County’s application.