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.
Median Annual Household Income in Current Dollars and Inflation-adjusted, Utah and U.S., 1984-2015
- U.S. Current Population Survey
- U.S. Bureau of the Census
Data NotesLegacy questions - data from income questions consistent with previous years[[br]]
Redesigned questions - data from redesigned questions
In order to accurately compare income over time, users should adjust the measures for changes in cost of living. The Census Bureau uses the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) to adjust for changes in the cost of living.
Current dollars is a term describing income in the year in which a person, household, or family receives it (unadjusted for inflation).
Upper and lower limits are calculated to 90% confidence intervals.
Risk FactorsOne of the best ways for adults (both men and women) to avoid poverty is to get a good education and prepare for a competitive job market.
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.
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.
Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 01/05/2017