The poverty rate is the percentage of people living below the poverty level or “threshold.” Each year, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget establishes a series of poverty thresholds for different family sizes and ages of household heads.
Among Gem residents, the overall poverty rate . . .
- was 13.4 percent in 2018, 13.1 percent in 1999, and 16.9 percent in 1989.
- was 13.4 percent compared to 11.7 percent in Idaho in 2018.
- ranked 21st - from highest to lowest - out of the 44 counties in 2018.