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New Income Data Show Idaho Is A More Expensive Place To Live Than 19 States

Data released today from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis show personal income in Idaho hasn’t fully rebounded from the recession, though growth has been measured in the last two years.

The personal income data from 2007 through 2011 offers a closer look at real-time incomes in relation to the state-specific cost of goods and services during that same time period.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Both real personal income and per capita personal income grew more slowly than the national average in 2011. Real personal income grew on average 2.7 percent in 2011. In Idaho, that growth was 2.3 percent over the previous year.

The states with the largest growth in incomes are South and North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Texas. The states with the smallest growth rate in real personal income during 2011 were Mississippi, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Mexico.

Personal income measures can often be deceiving without understanding what it costs to live in a particular state. The BEA took a crack at understanding the cost of goods and services in each state as a way to offer an income baseline.

For example, according to their 2011 price parity data, Hawaii is the most expensive state while South Dakota is the least. Idaho is in the middle of the pack. The cost of goods and services is more expensive in Idaho than in 19 other states.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis


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