It’s More Expensive To ‘Get By’ In Rural Idaho Than Boise

By Emilie Ritter Saunders

It costs more to get by in rural Idaho than it does in Boise. That’s according to an updated family budget calculator from the Economic Policy Institute.

It's more expensive for a family to live in rural Idaho versus Boise. Photo from Flickr-Family_ImahinasyonPhotographyA family of four living in Boise needs nearly $56,500 to pay for a modest lifestyle. A family of four in rural Idaho needs just over $58,000.

But income data from the U.S. Census Bureau show most Idahoans don’t come close to earning that. Idaho’s median household income in 2011 was just over 43-thousand dollars.

The cost of living calculator from the Economic Policy Institute measures the location-specific costs of housing, food, transportation, health care, childcare and taxes. Transportation is more expensive in rural Idaho than in Boise. While health care and taxes are slightly lower in Boise than in rural parts of the state.

You can find that interactive cost of living calculator at the Boise State Public Radio website and explore costs for different family sizes in more than 600 U.S. cities.

Photo: It's more expensive for a family to live in rural Idaho versus Boise. Photo from Flickr-Family_ImahinasyonPhotography

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