Nampa mayor: trying to control growth 'like holding your hand under a waterfall'

NAMPA, Idaho — Nampa is Idaho's third-largest city. Since 2000, its population has more than doubled -- from fewer than 52,000 in 2000 to more than...

November 8, 2022
9:58 PM

NAMPA, Idaho — Nampa is Idaho's third-largest city. Since 2000, its population has more than doubled -- from fewer than 52,000 in 2000 to more than 106,000 in 2021, according to data and estimates from the U.S. Census and COMPASS. It's a pace that Mayor Debbie Kling says is way too fast. It's also something she cannot control, but she can manage try to manage. "Someone once said, it's like holding your hand under a waterfall, right and saying, 'stop.' It isn't that easy," she said. Mayor Kling cannot stop her city's growth; no one can.

Justin Corr