DefinitionMedian annual household income is the income level at which half of all households' income is lower, and half of all households' income is higher.
Why Is This Important?Income is strongly related to health status. Low-income persons tend to have poorer health status, in part because they cannot always afford good health care. However, some people have low income levels because chronic mental or physical illness limits their ability to complete educational goals and earn a good income.
How Are We Doing?Utah's median household income has increased overall since 1984, even after adjusting for inflation. However, there have been short timeframes when the median income decreased or remained fairly level.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Utah's median household income has generally kept pace with that in the U.S., but Utah's households are larger, making per capita income in Utah lower than in the U.S. overall.
What Is Being Done?The Utah Department of Health has no programs directed specifically at increasing household income levels. However, there are programs such as Medicaid, Primary Care Network, and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) that pay for health care for eligible children and adults.