The poverty rate is the percentage of people living below the poverty level or “threshold.” Each year, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget establishes a series of poverty thresholds for different family sizes and ages of household heads.
Among Gem residents, the overall poverty rate . . .
- was 13.5 percent in 2017, 13.1 percent in 1999, and 16.9 percent in 1989.
- was 13.5 percent compared to 12.6 percent in Idaho in 2017.
- ranked 24th - from highest to lowest - out of the 44 counties in 2017.