Idaho State Counties
Idaho: Income below 200% poverty level

These data come from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. They are based on averages of data collected in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. These estimates cannot be used to say what is going on in any particular year in the period, only what the average value is over the full period. The Census Bureau's American Factfinder provides 3-year estimates for counties with at 20,000 people, and 1-year estimates for counties with at least 65,000 people. We use 5-year estimates because they are available for all counties and allow comparison to other counties within the region.
While the poverty rate is the percentage of people living below the poverty level, it does not capture the entire population that struggles to make ends meet.  Looking at the percent of the population with incomes below 200%, or twice, the poverty level can give a more complete picture of how many people have low incomes.

In Idaho, the percent of the population with incomes below 200% of the poverty level . . .

  • was 38.9 percent in 2011-2015, compared to 33.9 percent in 1999;

  • ranked 9th - from highest to lowest - out of the 50 states in 2011-2015.

To get the most out of this indicator . . .


Ask questions:


·         What percentage of the population is struggling to make ends meet?

·         How has this indicator changed over time?


Look at other indicators:


·         “Income and poverty: Poverty rate, overall” 

Dig deeper:


·         Look at the county rankings for your state and/or view maps to see how your county compares to others.

·         Download data for your county or state to view the total number of people struggling to make ends meet.

·         Take a Big Picture view of your county.

·         If you have specific questions, send us an e-mail.

NOTE: The ACS data are estimates based on a five-year average, meaning that data gathered from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 are averaged together to come up with the results shown here. There is no problem with comparing these data to census data from 2000. For a technical discussion of the "margins of error" associated with ACS estimates, please see: (

Source: 1989, 1999, and 20111-2015: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing, American Factfinder, (; DATE LAST UPDATED: December 8, 2016.

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