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Marginal income gain, poverty increase in 2014 according to Census

Idaho County:

Economically, 2014 was a lean year for Idaho County residents who saw a marginal increase in income coupled with an increase in those living in poverty.

Statistics come from data released in December from the U.S Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Program.

In Idaho County, median income grew but only slightly — .3 percent or $117 — in 2014 from the year prior for a total $39,551. During a three-year period, median income increased 8.8 percent from $36,365 reported in 2012.

Idaho County residents made $8,021 less in 2014 in comparison to the statewide $47,572 median income (which grew by $951).

Of Idaho’s 44 counties, 30 experienced an increase in median income from 2013 to 2014, and 14 saw declines.

Increases within this region were seen in Adams (up $3,147; 8.4 percent), Clearwater ($1,236; 3 percent) and Valley ($501; 1 percent) counties. Lewis County median income decreased $1,272 from $41,190 in 2013.

During the three-year period from 2012 to 2014, Idaho County’s median income increased by $3,186 (8.8 percent) from $36,365. Regionally, median incomes increased in Adams (19 percent), Valley (6.6 percent), Clearwater (6 percent) and Lewis (.29 percent) counties.


In 2014, Idaho County was one of 18 counties in the state to show increases in poverty levels. Idaho County reported 2,565 people (16.3 percent) living in property; this is an increase of 98 from the prior year. In 2012, poverty was 17.7 percent (3,316) of total residents.

Regionally from 2013 to 2014, Valley County also saw an increase in poverty levels: 11.7 to 17.8 percent. Poverty level decreases were seen in Adams (17.3 to 14.9 percent), Clearwater (17.8 to 16.6 percent) and Lewis (17 to 13.7 percent.


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