Bringing the Economy Home

Mapping Wealth: Idaho’s Pockets Of High-Income Households

Over the last couple of years we’ve heard a lot about the haves and have-nots. The 1 percent and the 99 percent — that is, the top earners in the United States (the so-called 1 percent) and the rest of us (the 99 percent).

The U.S. Census Bureau has compiled data that looks at the top 5 percent in America, that’s defined as households with an annual income of at least $191,469. Through Census’ American Community Survey, they compiled data from 2007-2011 to understand which pockets of the country were the wealthiest.

We mapped this data in Idaho, county-by-county. It probably isn’t a surprise, that high-income households in Idaho are concentrated in two counties: Ada and Blaine. At 4.13 percent of households earning at least $191,469 in Ada County, and 5.03 percent in Blaine County, that doesn’t come close to the high-concentration of wealthy Americans in the top 10 metro areas. The other darker-purple county is Bonneville, where 3.31 percent of households earn at least $191,469.

Click around the map to see the percentage and number of households in Idaho earning at least $191,469 per year.

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau/American Community Survey | Map: Emilie Ritter Saunders

As the Census reports, the high-concentration of wealthy households are found in and around large metropolitan areas, specifically on the coasts. Here are the top 10 wealthiest metro areas:

  1. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT – 17.9 percent
  2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA – 15.9 percent
  3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV – 14.1 percent
  4. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA – 13 percent
  5. Trenton-Ewing, NJ – 11.6 percent
  6. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA -10 percent
  7. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA – 9.7 percent
  8. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH – 9.7 percent
  9. Boulder, CO – 9.4 percent
  10. Napa, CA – 9.3 percent


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