Idaho Population and Demographics

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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for Idaho, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.

The data on this page is from the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.

Richest Zip Codes in Idaho

In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in Idaho based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.

If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.

Rank ZIP Code County Mean Income
1 83616 Ada County, Gem County $144,860.00
2 83353 Blaine County $140,418.00
3 83712 Ada County $133,195.00
4 83716 Ada County, Boise County, Elmore County $125,563.00
5 83702 Ada County, Boise County $119,303.00
6 83646 Ada County $112,947.00
7 83810 Kootenai County, Shoshone County $110,792.00
8 83642 Ada County $107,783.00
9 83274 Bingham County, Bonneville County $106,545.00
10 83872 Latah County $106,177.00

To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in Idaho.

Richest Cities in Idaho

We can also find the same information for the richest cities in Idaho. The table below ranks the top 10 cities in Idaho by average household income by using the same criteria as we did with the zip codes.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 Eagle Ada County $148,399.00
2 Sun Valley Blaine County $138,908.00
3 Hayden Lake Kootenai County $111,684.00
4 Meridian Ada County $109,014.00
5 Ketchum Blaine County $107,503.00
6 Dover Bonner County $106,089.00
7 Star Ada County, Canyon County $99,591.00
8 Dalton Gardens Kootenai County $95,178.00
9 Boise City Ada County $93,693.00
10 Driggs Teton County $92,814.00

To view details demographics data for a specific city, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest cities in Idaho.

Median Household Income

According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2020, the median household income in Idaho is $58,915.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in Idaho.

  • Under 25
    $37,926.00
  • 25 to 44
    $70,146.00
  • 45 to 64
    $74,721.00
  • 65 and over
    $48,649.00

Average Household Income

A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in Idaho?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.

The average (or mean) household income in Idaho is $77,399.00.

5.65% of households in Idaho are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).

The difference between a median and an average income

The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.

Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for Idaho but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.

Household Income Tiers for Idaho

We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.

The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for Idaho easier to view.

You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.

  • Less than $24,999
    16.32%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    22.07%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    20.38%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    13.76%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    15.90%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    5.92%
  • $200,000 or more
    5.65%

Per Capita Income

The per capita income is the average income of all people in Idaho. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in Idaho by the total number of people in Idaho.

It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in Idaho and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).

The per capita income in Idaho is $29,494.00.

Population in Idaho by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in Idaho is currently 1,754,367 people.

The race and ethnicity of the population in Idaho can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.

Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.

The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in Idaho.

  • 80.60% White
    1,459,942
  • 0.60% Black/African American
    11,392
  • 0.90% Native
    17,174
  • 12.90% Hispanic
    234,561
  • 1.30% Asian
    23,902
  • 0.10% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    2,519
  • 3.10% Two or more races
    55,620
  • 0.40% Other
    6,507

Population of Idaho by Age and Gender

Another very important demographics statistic for Idaho is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.

In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 123,771 117,579
10 to 19 Years 136,613 130,157
20 to 29 Years 122,530 114,148
30 to 39 Years 119,755 118,423
40 to 49 Years 111,231 105,602
50 to 59 Years 107,370 106,775
60 to 69 Years 102,867 107,475
70 Years and over 88,392 98,929

Education Levels

Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.

What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.

The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in Idaho.

  • Master's degree or higher
    11.70%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33.86%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14.12%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37.15%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3.17%

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for Idaho because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.

Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in Idaho look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.

The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in Idaho that are over the age of 16.

The current population in Idaho that are over the age of 16 is 1,405,245 people.

The unemployment rate in Idaho is 36.80%, which means 517,268 people are unemployed.

Median Age in Idaho

The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in Idaho. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.

For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.

An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.

The median age in Idaho is 36.8 years old.

We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:

Median age by gender in Idaho

36.8

Total

36.2

Male

37.4

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 657,101 households in Idaho, and the average household size is 2.71 people.

For families, the total number is 448,970, and the average family size is 3.26 people.

7.50% of those families in Idaho are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for Idaho in 2022.

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $13,590.00
2 People $18,310.00
3 People $23,030.00
4 People $27,750.00
5 People $32,470.00
6 People $37,190.00
7 People $41,910.00
8 People $46,630.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from 2022, while the latest demographics data we have is from 2020.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • Male householder, no spouse present
  • Female householder, no spouse present
  • Nonfamily household

In the table below, you can see the total households and families in Idaho for each type, as well as the average sizes.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 361,619 30,004 57,347 208,131
Average Household Size 3.31 3.49 3.53 1.34
Total Families 361,619 30,004 57,347 0
Average Household Size 3.28 3.05 3.26 0

Housing Data in Idaho

There are total of 742,145 housing units in Idaho. Of those units, 657,101 (88.54%) are occupied, and 85,044 (11.46%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 742,145 housing units in Idaho, 174,496 (23.51%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $952.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 63.47% of housing units, with 471,036 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in Idaho.

  • No rent paid
    11,569
  • Less than $500
    16,659
  • $500 to $999
    79,618
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    54,049
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    18,292
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    3,737
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    977
  • $3,000 or more
    1,164

Property Values

The median value of a property in Idaho is $266,500.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in Idaho.

  • Less than $50,000
    23,466
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    24,684
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    43,238
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    63,283
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    119,148
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    132,613
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    54,878
  • $1,000,000 or more
    9,726

Property Age

We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in Idaho.

  • 1939 or earlier
    61,632
  • 1940 to 1949
    27,680
  • 1950 to 1959
    44,729
  • 1960 to 1969
    48,814
  • 1970 to 1979
    124,052
  • 1980 to 1989
    75,565
  • 1990 to 1999
    130,666
  • 2000 to 2009
    143,573
  • 2010 to 2013
    82,720
  • 2014 or later
    2,714

Vehicles Available per Household

Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in Idaho has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.

  • No vehicles available
    25,085
  • 1 vehicle available
    165,280
  • 2 vehicles available
    255,741
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    210,995

Commuting to Work in Idaho

The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.

Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?

Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of Idaho, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.

The average travel time is 21.2 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of Idaho.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    40,382
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    113,664
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    134,471
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    130,814
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    105,460
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    43,259
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    78,324
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    18,182
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    18,606
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    39,040
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    23,039
  • 90 or more minutes
    13,595

We can also look at the means of transport in Idaho to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
    642,682
  • Carpooled
    75,784
  • Public transportation
    5,238
  • Walked
    19,237
  • Other means
    15,895
  • Worked from home
    77,318

Conclusion

Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in Idaho.

If you need more demographics data, or you need the data listed above in spreadsheet form with more granular grouping, head back to the top of this page where you can purchase the complete demographics data for Idaho.

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