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Idaho's Per Capita Personal Income Grows, But Incomes Remain Below Average

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In 2013, per capita personal income rose 2.9 percent in Idaho according to a report out Thursday from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Nationally, per capita personal income grew 1.3 percent. Even with the growth, Idaho’s average per capita personal income of $36,146 remains nearly $9,000 below the national average.

Blaine County, home of Sun Valley, had Idaho’s highest personal income in 2013. Here are the top five counties:

  • Blaine - $67,513
  • Clark - $53,416
  • Camas - $49,054
  • Gooding - $46,244
  • Lewis - $43,378

Per capita personal income in Ada County ranks 6th out of Idaho's 44 counties at $42,395.
The county with the lowest 2013 personal income was Madison County, home of BYU Idaho. Here are the bottom five:

  • Madison - $22,987
  • Canyon - $25,606
  • Boundary - $29,668
  • Gem - $30,597
  • Teton - $30,910

Click around this interactive map to see per capita personal income by county.

Data: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis | Map: Emilie Ritter Saunders

Income growth was biggest in southwest Idaho.

Here are the five counties with the biggest income growth in 2013:

  • Camas – 12.8 percent
  • Fremont – 8.8 percent
  • Minidoka – 6.9 percent
  • Gooding – 6.6 percent
  • Power – 6.4 percent

The only Idaho county where personal income shrank in 2013 was Lewis County. It was also the only county where income did not grow at all in 2012.
Here are the counties where income grew the least:

  • Lewis -- -0.2 percent
  • Caribou – 0.3 percent
  • Blaine – 0.3 percent
  • Latah – 0.4 percent
  • Valley – 0.6 percent

Nationally, non-metropolitan areas saw bigger personal income growth than metro areas, though city residents still make about $10,000 more than the rural population.
Boise-area residents’ per capita personal income went up 2.7 percent to $36,780. Coeur d’Alene incomes grew 1.6 percent to $36,478 per year. Idaho Falls incomes went up 2.6 percent to $37,152 and Pocatello incomes grew 2.2 percent to $30,926.

Find Adam Cotterell on Twitter @CotterellAdam

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