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Good news, Idahoans. There’s a good chance you’re making more money and speaking multiple languages

FILE - The median household income in Idaho is up more than $1,500. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
FILE - The median household income in Idaho is up more than $1,500. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) AP

The U.S. Census Bureau released some good news this week, Idaho residents.

Based on data collected from 2012-2016 through the American Community Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau created a rolling sample of estimates to show characteristics of the population. According to those estimates, the median household income in Idaho rose to $49,174, up $1,591 from the last five-year sampling (2011-2015).

The highest median household income in the state from 2012-2016 belonged to Teton County at $58,173. On the other end of the spectrum was Clark County at $32,422.

The median household income in the United States was $55,322.

Clark County also had the highest rise in population below the poverty level; 27.1 percent of the population were under the poverty line, up 9 percent from the previous sampling period. In total, 15.2 percent of the state’s population fell below the poverty line. Of 44 counties in the state, 24 saw decreases in the number of people living in poverty.

Employment of people 16 or older in the state during the most recent sampling period was 58 percent.

While the median income has risen by more than $1,000, rent was up just $55 compared to what it was from 2007-2011.

The census provides more than just financial insight, however. A whopping 10.6 percent of the population age 5 or older spoke a language other than English at home; of that group, 62.3 percent also spoke English. The most common language spoken other than English was Spanish, with nearly 8 percent of the population speaking it at home. Canyon County had the highest number of its population who spoke Spanish at home at just over 16 percent.

For more data from the latest census, visit the U.S. Census’ official website.

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz

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