Poverty in Idaho

What is the poverty rate in Idaho?
The poverty rate in Idaho is 14.5%. One out of every 6.9 residents of Idaho lives in poverty.

How many people in Idaho live in poverty?
236,000 of 1,626,557 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Idaho compare to the national average?
Idaho ranks 28th in Poverty Rate at 14.5%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Idaho is the same as than the national average of Poverty Rate.

Idaho Poverty Rate County Map

Idaho County Poverty Rate Comparison

Idaho Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Idaho?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Idaho is 13.5%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Idaho is 15.5%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Idaho

Female residents of Idaho are moderately(14%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

109,571 of 811,409 males in Idaho live below the poverty line.

126,429 of 815,148 females in Idaho live below the poverty line.

Idaho Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Idaho By Age?

Idaho Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Idaho Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 20.1%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 17.9%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 15.7%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 15.0%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 8.7%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 9.6%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 11.1%.

Historical Idaho Poverty Rate

Idaho Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

15.7% 15.3%

2011

16.5% 4.0% 15.9%

2012

15.9% 3.0% 15.9%

2013

15.6% 1.0% 15.8%

2014

14.8% 4.0% 15.5%

2015

15.1% 1.0% 14.7%

2016

14.4% 5.0% 14.0%

2017

12.8% 12.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Idaho Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

10,553

32.5% 25.2% 0.6%

American Indian

20,363

27.9% 26.8% 1.2%

Asian

22,267

16.2% 11.9% 1.3%

Pacific Islander

2,232

32.2% 19.0% 0.1%

Other

47,577

22.5% 23.8% 2.9%

Two Or More Races

42,939

21.8% 18.4% 2.6%

White

1,344,799

12.8% 10.3% 81.1%

Hispanic

197,335

22.7% 22.2% 11.9%

What's the Poverty Rate in Idaho By Race?

32.5% of Black residents of Idaho live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Idaho is the same as than the national average. 3,433 of 10,553 black Idahoans live below the poverty line. Approximately 0.6% of the total population of Idaho is black.

16.2% of Asian residents of Idaho live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Idaho is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 3,614 of 22,267 asian Idahoans live below the poverty line. Approximately 1.3% of the total population of Idaho is asian.

12.8% of White residents of Idaho live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Idaho is the same as than the national average. 171,764 of 1,344,799 white Idahoans live below the poverty line. Approximately 81.1% of the total population of Idaho are white.

22.7% of Hispanic residents of Idaho live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Idaho is the same as than the national average. 44,855 of 197,335 hispanic Idahoans live below the poverty line. Approximately 11.9% of the total population of Idaho are hispanic.

Idaho Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Idaho can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 19.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Idaho residents enrolled in school is slightly lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 85,705 of 432,372 Idahoans enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 26.1% of the total population of Idaho are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 12.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Idaho residents not enrolled in school is slightly lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 135,761 of 1,128,983 Idahoans not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 68.1% of the total population of Idaho are currently not enrolled in school.

Poverty for younger ages in Idaho is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 14.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Idaho residents enrolled in nursery school is meaningfully lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 3,162 of 21,977 Idahoans enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.3% of the total population of Idaho is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 17.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Idaho residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is meaningfully lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 16,907 of 96,027 Idahoans enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.8% of the total population of Idaho are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Idaho can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 15.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Idaho residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is moderately lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 15,437 of 96,922 Idahoans enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.8% of the total population of Idaho are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 16.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Idaho residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is slightly lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 15,546 of 95,268 Idahoans enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.7% of the total population of Idaho are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12).

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 33.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Idaho residents enrolled in undergraduate school is dramatically higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 27,511 of 83,360 Idahoans enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of Idaho are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Idaho have a Poverty Rate of 15.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Idaho residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is slightly lower than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 2,492 of 15,840 Idahoans enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.0% of the total population of Idaho is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Idaho Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Idaho born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

14.2%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Idaho who were born citizens of the United States is 14.2%.

20.1%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Idaho who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 20.1%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Idaho born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of Idaho have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 1,529,505 residents of Idaho who were born citizens of the United States, 216,503 (14.2%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 19,497 (20.1%) of 97,052 residents of Idaho who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Idaho Poverty Rate By City

Idaho Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Aberdeen

32nd

13.8% 2,202

American Falls

25th

12.3% 4,324

Ammon

8th

5.7% 14,998

Bellevue

4th

4.5% 2,551

Blackfoot

57th

18.2% 11,850

Boise City

33rd

14.0% 220,859

Bonners Ferry

78th

22.5% 2,502

Buhl

46th

16.2% 4,285

Burley

72nd

20.6% 10,336

Caldwell

64th

19.3% 51,634

Chubbuck

24th

11.9% 14,470

Coeur d'Alene

42nd

15.5% 48,618

Dalton Gardens

3rd

3.6% 2,579

Driggs

26th

12.3% 1,991

Eagle

10th

6.8% 23,708

Emmett

81st

24.8% 6,593

Filer

38th

14.7% 2,685

Fort Hall

82nd

25.7% 3,589

Fruitland

49th

16.9% 5,062

Garden City

37th

14.6% 11,637

Glenns Ferry

83rd

26.1% 1,177

Gooding

74th

20.9% 3,469

Grangeville

59th

18.3% 3,153

Greenleaf

67th

20.0% 1,478

Hagerman

80th

24.4% 1,057

Hailey

50th

17.0% 8,097

Hansen

21st

11.2% 1,472

Hayden

5th

4.9% 14,096

Heyburn

62nd

19.2% 3,218

Hidden Springs

1st

2.3% 2,515

Homedale

88th

35.1% 2,584

Idaho Falls

39th

14.8% 59,414

Iona

2nd

3.2% 2,409

Jerome

66th

19.9% 11,306

Kamiah

69th

20.0% 1,267

Kellogg

55th

17.5% 2,267

Ketchum

11th

8.8% 2,718

Kimberly

34th

14.0% 3,637

Kuna

9th

6.4% 17,590

Lapwai

79th

23.7% 1,252

Lewiston

36th

14.4% 32,482

Lincoln

12th

8.9% 3,331

Malad City

48th

16.6% 2,079

Marsing

89th

36.4% 1,464

McCall

17th

10.3% 3,115

Meridian

16th

9.8% 91,917

Middleton

51st

17.2% 6,716

Montpelier

73rd

20.8% 2,517

Moreland

15th

9.5% 1,262

Moscow

85th

29.9% 24,833

Mountain Home AFB

7th

5.1% 3,070

Mountain Home

47th

16.5% 13,867

Nampa

68th

20.0% 89,576

New Plymouth

70th

20.0% 1,701

Orofino

44th

15.7% 3,055

Osburn

13th

9.0% 1,465

Parma

76th

21.2% 2,174

Paul

22nd

11.4% 1,265

Payette

52nd

17.3% 7,366

Pinehurst

54th

17.4% 1,550

Plummer

87th

31.6% 1,084

Pocatello

71st

20.2% 54,658

Ponderay

65th

19.7% 1,032

Post Falls

35th

14.1% 30,886

Preston

30th

13.2% 5,268

Priest River

43rd

15.5% 1,658

Rathdrum

31st

13.7% 7,592

Rexburg

90th

41.6% 27,369

Rigby

61st

18.6% 4,018

Riverside

86th

30.8% 1,187

Robie Creek

6th

5.1% 1,661

Rupert

84th

27.7% 5,738

Salmon

77th

22.3% 3,067

Sandpoint

75th

21.1% 7,918

Shelley

28th

13.0% 4,346

Shoshone

23rd

11.8% 1,390

Soda Springs

20th

11.1% 2,977

Spirit Lake

53rd

17.3% 2,314

St. Anthony

29th

13.1% 3,488

St. Maries

27th

12.6% 2,618

Star

14th

9.0% 7,832

Sugar City

19th

10.8% 1,521

Sun Valley

40th

14.8% 1,426

Teton

60th

18.4% 1,047

Twin Falls

45th

15.7% 47,340

Ucon

18th

10.8% 1,252

Victor

41st

14.9% 2,355

Weiser

56th

17.7% 5,325

Wendell

58th

18.3% 2,711

Wilder

63rd

19.3% 1,399

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