New Census Data Provides Fresh Look At Idaho

Dec 11, 2017

Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the state's median household income rose by almost $1,600 to $49,174.

The U.S. Census Bureau is out with fresh data about Idaho based on its American Communities Survey. The latest batch of information provides an updated snapshot of the Gem State.

One of the biggest insights the new numbers provide is a look at rising Idaho incomes. Using data collected between 2012 and 2016, the survey finds the median household income in Idaho has gone up by almost $1,600 to $49,174.

The Statesman reports Census Bureau figures show Teton County having the highest median household income at just over $58,000. At the other of the scale was Clark County with a bit over $32,000. On average, Idaho still falls below the nationwide median household income of $55,300.

According to the American Communities Survey, jobs related to education, social assistance and healthcare made up the largest sector in the state during the sample period. It employed 22.7 percent of Idaho's population. Retail work was second, employing 12.2 percent of residents. The state’s agriculture, forestry and mining fields employed 5.5 percent of the population.

On the education front, 90 percent of state residents 25 or older have a high school diploma. About a quarter of those people hold a bachelor's degree or higher.

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