much variation in its climate. Although the state's
western border is located about 350 miles (560 km) from
the Pacific Ocean, the maritime influence is still felt
in Idaho, especially in the winter when cloud cover,
humidity, and precipitation are at their highest points.
English reflects a merger of Northern and North Midland
features, with certain Northern pronunciations marking
the panhandle. In 2000, 90.7% of the people five years
old or older spoke only English in the home, down from
93% in 1990.
The United States dollar,
denoted by USD or the symbol $, is the official currency
used in the United States. Commonly referred to as the
"American dollar," the currency is divided into 100
cents (symbol ¢).
According to the United States Census
2010, Idaho had a population of 1,567,582. The state's
postal abbreviation is ID. Idaho's nickname is the Gem
State because nearly every known gem has been found
Boise is the capital and most populous
city of the U.S. state of Idaho as well as the county
seat of Ada County.