Mapping Wealth: Idaho’s Pockets Of High-Income Households

Feb 20, 2013

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact

Over the last couple of years we’ve heard a lot about the haves and have-nots. The 1 percent and the 99 percent — that is, the top earners in the United States (the so-called 1 percent) and the rest of us (the 99 percent).

The U.S. Census Bureau has compiled data that looks at the top 5 percent in America, that’s defined as households with an annual income of at least $191,469. Through Census’ American Community Survey, they compiled data from 2007-2011 to understand which pockets of the country were the wealthiest.

We mapped this data in Idaho, county-by-county. It probably isn’t a surprise, that high-income households in Idaho are concentrated in two counties: Ada and Blaine. At 4.13 percent of households earning at least $191,469 in Ada County, and 5.03 percent in Blaine County, that doesn’t come close to the high-concentration of wealthy Americans in the top 10 metro areas. The other darker-purple county is Bonneville, where 3.31 percent of households earn at least $191,469. Click here to explore the interactive map...