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You’ll make fewer dollars living in Idaho County, in comparison with the rest of the state, according to recent U.S. Census estimates.

For Idaho County, the median income of households was $38,597. An estimated 15 percent of households had income less than $15,000 a year, and 2 percent had income more than $150,000 or more.

For comparison, for the State of Idaho overall, median household income is $49,174.

This is according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR). The ACR produces a rolling sample of estimates on more than 40 social, economic and housing characteristics.

By sex, median earnings for full-time year-round workers in Idaho County is $36,149 for males and $29,439 for females.

Where do those house incomes come from?

An estimated 65 percent of Idaho County households received earnings, and 25 percent received retirement income other than Social Security. An estimated 48 percent of the households received Social Security. The average income from Social Security was $17,803. Of the remainder, 6.8 percent received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and 4.5 percent received cash public assistance income.

The ACR noted these income sources are not mutually exclusive; that is, some households received income from more than one source.

What of poverty?

In 2012-2016, 16 percent of people in Idaho County were in poverty (in comparison with 15.2 percent for the State of Idaho). An estimated 18 percent of related children younger than 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 11 percent of people 65 years old and older. An estimated 10 percent of all families and 34 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level.

Who is insured?

According to the ACR, among the civilian noninstitutionalized population in Idaho County in 2012-2016, 87 percent had health insurance coverage and 13 percent did not have health insurance coverage. For those younger than 18 years of age, 8 percent had no health insurance coverage. The civilian noninstitutionalized population had both private and public health insurance, with 64 percent having private coverage and 43 percent having public coverage.



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