Culture of Idaho

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Although the culture of Idaho is reflective of the broader culture of the United States to some extent, some of the forces that have shaped the more distinctive aspects of the Idaho culture are ethnographic, geographic, and historical in nature. Additionally, the culture of Idaho is reflected in the state's symbols, traditions, stories, art, and cuisine.

Ethnographic influences[edit]

Idaho is home to several immigrant groups with notable histories.[1][2] Specifically, Idaho is home to significant numbers of people with historical English, Native American, German, and Mexican historical ties.

Cultural centers in the Treasure Valley region of southern Idaho include the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho[3] and the Basque Center[4] in downtown Boise.

Idaho takes great pride in its potato farming, mass producing 322,000 potatoes each year.

Geographic influences[edit]

Geography has shaped the Idahoan identity, imprinting aesthetic and recreational aspects upon the culture. For example, consider that the world's first chairlift was built in Sun Valley and that skiing is cherished as an Idaho pastime.[5] Additionally, the rivers and high mountain lakes of Idaho contribute to a rich fishing culture within the state.[6] The significance of Idaho's fishing culture is partly revealed by the impact of fishing recreation on the economy of Idaho.[7]

There are variations arising from geography that impact culture. For example, the state features some areas that could be classified as urban (such as Boise), and others that could be classified as decidedly rural.

Historical influences[edit]

In examining historical influences upon the culture of Idaho, the effect of Mormon and European settlers holds a notable position.


  1. ^ "Idaho Culture". Archived from the original on 2010-03-22.
  2. ^ "Orchard Street in Boise: Home to the World". Idaho Statesman. Archived from the original on 2013-01-26.
  3. ^ "Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho". Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  4. ^ "Basque Center". Archived from the original on 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  5. ^ "Hometown Ski Hills – Outdoor Idaho".
  6. ^ "Idaho Fish and Game Page".
  7. ^ "2003 Idaho Sport Fishing Economic Impact".