Sept. 12, 2018
Boise – Idaho moved up two spots from last year and is now tied for the sixth-lowest poverty rate in the nation, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau this morning.
Using the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which it began using in 2011 and takes into account “many of the government programs designed to assist low-income families and individuals that are not included in the official poverty measure,” Idaho tied with Nebraska for the number six spot. Idaho tied for 8th for having the largest percentage decrease – 2.0 percent – in its Supplemental Poverty Measure rate.
Idaho’s poverty rate using the Supplemental Poverty Measure is 9.7 percent, far below the national average of 14.1 percent. Even using the old Official Poverty Rate, which doesn’t take into account government programs for low-income people, Idaho’s 11.7 percent rate is still below the 12.9 percent national average.
“This is great news for all Idahoans, to know that fewer of our fellow citizens are in poverty,” said state Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Parker. “Republican leadership in Idaho, from the governor down to the most local level, is committed to lifting people up and promoting pro-worker, pro-growth economic policies that benefit all of us.”