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County poverty rates stable, household income increased

U.S. Census report:

Within the region:

The 2015 estimates for neighboring counties (in poverty; percentage; median household income):

Adams: 600; 15.8 percent; $39,943

Clearwater: 1,199; 15.3 percent; $42,630

Lewis: 612; 16.3 percent; $41,688

Valley: 1,077; 10.7 percent; $51,774

While poverty rates remain relatively stable, income has increased by just more than a quarter in the last decade, according to numbers released in December by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program.

For 2015 within Idaho County, according to U.S. Census estimates, 2,559 people of all ages were listed in poverty, or 16.3 percent of the 15,744 population. Within this, 739 are within the 0 to 17 age range.

That was the same percentage rate recorded the year prior, 2014, with 2,565 listed in poverty; 743 of these were in the 0-17 age range. A decade prior, 2005, 2,460 were listed in poverty, 16.5 percent, of which 765 were ages 0-17.

For comparison, in 2015, 14.7 percent (1.622 million) were in poverty in Idaho, and 14.7 percent (313 million) for the U.S overall.

Poverty thresholds according to U.S. Census vary by size of family unit. For 2015, for example, thresholds were $12,082 for a single person younger than 65 and $11,367 for older than 65; two people, $15,871 (under 65) and $14,326 (over 65); a two-person household with one child younger than 18: $16,337 (under 65) and $16,275 (over 65).

For Idaho County in 2015, median household income was $41,157. This increased 4 percent from $39,551 reported the year prior (2014), and a 27 percent increase from $32,380 listed in 2005.

For comparison, 2015 median household income for Idaho is $48,311, and $55,775 for the U.S. overall.


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