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Measuring Idaho's Poverty Rate

Measuring Idaho's Poverty Rate

Idaho’s poverty rate continued its upward climb in 2011, rising to 16.5 percent.  That’s higher than the national rate of people living in poverty, which grew to 15.9 percent last year.

Put another way, more than 255,000 Idahoans lived below the federal poverty guideline last year.

The state’s poverty rate has climbed each year since 2007, when 12.1 percent of state residents lived below the poverty line.  While the rate grew by 1.4 percent from 2008 to 2009 and again from 2009 to 2010, it grew by less than a percentage point from 2010 to 2011.