Boise might be great, but it isn't 'Super'

November 12, 2013 

Boise is home to a large university, a wealth of outdoor amenities, a highly ranked public school system and high-quality health care systems, but no part of it is “Super.”

A Washington Post analysis of census data from across the country resulted in this map of “Super Zips” — the top 5 percent of zip codes in the U.S. where the median household income is $120,000 and nearly 70 percent of adults have college degrees.

According to the Post, there are 650 Super Zips in the U.S. There are 23,925 zip codes that fall below the “Super Zip” threshold (the Post didn’t analyze data for zip codes with fewer than 500 adults).

How does Idaho stack up?

Boise’s 83716 zip code, which includes the city’s farthest east and southeast stretches (primarily the Harris Ranch and Surprise Valley areas), ranked highest in the Treasure Valley, with a zip code ranking of 87. Its median household income is $83,519, and 47 percent of adults who live in 83716 have a college degree.

Eagle’s 83616 zip code was next, with a ranking of 86. The median household income there is $81,463, and 48 percent of adults have a college degree.

The other Treasure Valley zip code to rank in the top 20 percent nationally is Boise’s 83712, which encompasses the East End along Warm Springs Avenue and the neighborhoods that stretch up into the Foothills near Table Rock. That zip code has a ranking of 81, with a median household income of $61,059. Sixty-two percent of adults in 83712 have a college degree.

The only other Idaho zip code to rank in the top 20 percent is Ketchum’s 83340, which scored an 81. The median household income is $63,071, and 59 percent of adults there have a college degree.

How does your zip code rate? Go to the Post’s analysis to find out.

According to the Post, “Super Zips” is a “term coined by American Enterprise Institute scholar and author Charles Murray to describe the country’s most prosperous, highly educated demographic clusters.”

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