Idaho is rich in natural beauty, community values, and endless recreation opportunities, but admittedly, the economy here is a challenging one. The Gem State is ranked as the 10th poorest state in the country in terms of average household income. The communities listed below have plenty to offer, including incredible scenery and unique places to dine, explore, and enjoy. Statistically, however, they are the 10 poorest.
Our methods were simple for this one: we nabbed our data from the 2010 U.S Census stats and the 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, focusing on per capita income – a.k.a. per-person wages. We also analyzed only towns with populations greater than 1,000 to help counteract population bias. Wikipedia breaks down the full city-by-city list here, but do keep in mind that there are many many factors involved when it comes to creating a healthy, vibrant city!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here: onlyinyourstate.com/nominate
Of course, none of these national statistics reflect poorly on their communities, and who knows? 2010 is far behind us, and 2017 can bring even more changes to the economy. But whatever the reasons for this data, there is so much more to be seen in these towns than meets the eye. I say, check them out for yourself–you might just be surprised by how rich of a life you’ll find!
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