Median household income declined in 25 of Idaho’s 44 counties between 2012 and 2013, underscoring a modest statewide decline in median household income of five-tenths of a percent, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Idaho County’s median household income actually rose by 0.8 percent from $37,067 to $37,349. Neighboring Lewis County saw a 3.6 percent decrease in median income from $37,340 to $36,000.
Nationally, median household income was unchanged from 2012 to 2013 at $53,046.
Only nine counties had median household incomes above the statewide median of $46,767, which was down just $238 from 2012, according to estimates based on data gathered between 2009 and 2013. The five-year span is used to provide relatively accurate estimates for counties with populations under 20,000. The median is the income point at which half the households have more and half have less.
Blaine County with the Sun Valley Resort had the highest median household income in 2013 at $64,042, up 6.5 percent from the year before. The lowest median income of $32,059 was in Madison County, where Brigham Young University-Idaho has drawn thousands of students. It was down more than $1,700 from 2012, or 5.1 percent.
In addition to the 25 counties where median household income fell, four more posted increases of less than the 1.4 percent inflation rate for the year.
Four other states — Florida, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada — had declines in median household income greater than Idaho’s 0.5 percent.