Poverty

Who in Idaho is living in poverty?

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The United States classifies poverty as a family of four earning $24,250 or less each year4. That’s $2,021 per month to pay rent, buy groceries, pay utilities, and afford the other necessities of life.

  • 14.8% of Idaho’s population lives below the poverty line1
  • 15.0% of Idaho’s women live in poverty2
  • 8.4% of Idaho’s seniors live in poverty5
  • 35% of all Idaho single-parent families live in poverty3
    • 41.7% of female-headed families live in poverty2
  • Madison County has the highest rate of poverty in the state: 27.1% of the total population1
  • Blaine County has the lowest percentage of poverty in the state: 10.6% of the total population1
  • 80, 668 of Idaho’s children – or 19.0% of kids under the age of 18 – live in poverty1
  • At least 25% of children live in poverty in 7 out of 44 counties:
    • Adams: 27.3%
    • Boise: 25.0%
    • Gooding: 25.2%
    • Lemhi: 26.9%
    • Lewis: 25.6%
    • Owyhee: 30.0%
    • Shoshone: 27.2%

Sources

  1. U.S. Census Bureau (2014)
  2. National Women’s Center (2014)
  3. Idaho Kids Count Data Center (2014)
  4. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (2015)
  5. U.S. Census Bureau (2014)