Idaho household income rebounds, Census says

Statesman staffSeptember 23, 2013 

Median household income in Idaho jumped 5 percent in 2012, ending a three-year slide that produced one of the worst recession losses in household income in the nation, the Idaho Department of Labor said Monday.

New U.S. Census Bureau estimates put 2012 median household income at $45,489, the department said. The median means half the state’s 580,000 households had higher incomes and half had lower.

Nationally, median household income rose 1.7 percent to $51,374.

Idaho’s median household income remains 4 percent below its peak of $47,576 in 2008. Three years of decline reduced Idaho's median income 8.9 percent. Only Nevada and Georgia saw greater recession-induced declines.

Idaho's household income figure ranks 37th among the states and the District of Columbia.

The Census estimates also showed:

--Idaho’s poverty rate declining for adults but rising for children from 2011. The rate for adults dropped from 15 percent to 14.1 percent in 2012 while the rate for children under 18 rose slightly from 20.4 percent to 20.7 percent.

--Health insurance coverage improved modestly, rising from 83.5 percent to 83.8 percent — about five in six Idahoans. Slightly more people were covered by public insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid – up from 28.5 percent in 2011 to 29.6 percent in 2012.

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