Idaho State Counties
Idaho: Per capita income

Per capita income is the “mean” or average income received by individuals, that is, total income divided by total number of people. Here, we provide information on real per capita income, which means the data have been adjusted for inflation.

Idaho's per capita income, adjusted for inflation...

  • was $38,876 in 2015, compared to $48,719 in the U.S.;

  • increased 11.3 percent between 2010 and 2015;

  • increased 58.8 percent since 1969 when it was $21,921;

  • increased 13.2 percent in the 1970s, increased 14.7 percent in the 1980s, increased 19.1 percent in the 1990s, and decreased 0.1 percent in the 2000s;

  • ranked 44th - from highest to lowest - out of the 50 states in 2015.

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·         “Population: Age” – Populations with a relatively high dependency ratio may have lower per capita incomes.

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Note: The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of inflation. Here we adjusted dollar values by the CPI-U, which is the most commonly used CPI. Using the CPI to put dollar values in “real” terms makes it easier to see “inflation-free” change over time. Our base year is 2016, which means all dollar values are in terms of 2016 dollars. For more information, see (

Source: 1969-2015: Bureau of Economic Analysis, Regional Economic Data, Local Area Personal Income, Table CA1, (; DATE LAST UPDATED: January 20, 2017.

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