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Rupert Awarded for Downtown Revitalization Efforts

One of the projects volunteers took up for Operation Facelift was repainting the gazebo in the town square.

RUPERT — An article published by USA Today lists Rupert as the poorest town in Idaho.

The article by Samuel Stebbins and Michael B. Sauter, 24/7 Wall Street, said income inequality is an increasing problem across the county with the rich and poor often living side by side and in some American towns; and serious financial hardship a reality for residents.

The article says the town’s median household income is $35,011, $14,000 less than the state median household income of $49,174.

The article states that Rupert’s poverty rate is 27.4 percent and the town’s population at 5,702.

Less education in Rupert partially explains the town’s low wages and fewer than 75 percent of the area adults have a high school diploma and 11 percent have a bachelor’s degree, the article says.

Ninety percent of adults across the state have high school diplomas and 26.2 percent have four-year college degrees.

The complete list and an explanation on how the data was analyzed are available at USA TODAY.

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