For all the perceived differences between the two, Spokane County and Kootenai County are close relatives, statistically speaking. Many similarities between the cross-border neighbors emerge in the 2011 American Community Survey, released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Spokane County is a bit younger and better paid, is less settled down and more diverse racially. Kootenai County has a little less higher education, but the difference isn’t pronounced. Still, a few things stand out when comparing the two counties:
• More than half of Spokane County residents were born in Washington, but fewer than a third of Kootenai County residents were born in Idaho.
• Children in Kootenai County are twice as likely to have no health insurance coverage.
• Rental housing is more expensive in Kootenai County.
• Annual household income in Kootenai County has dropped nearly 6 percent, or almost $3,000 per household, in the past five years. That’s more than twice as much as in Spokane County.
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Graphic by Molly Quinn