City experts expect the new U.S. Census to show Idaho Falls with its usual steady growth of about 1.5 to 2%, but they are bracing for a possible major boom in population possibly doubling the city’s size over the next decade.

Brad Cramer, director of Community Development Services Department for Idaho Falls, points to the potential of the small modular reactor project at the Idaho National Laboratory desert site and the rise of the “Zoom towns” phenomenon across the West to cause a major influx for Idaho Falls and surrounding towns.

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