Three Counties in Idaho Rank in the Top 100 for Lack of Indoor Plumbing

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WASHINGTON POST
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Living in the 21st century, it’s pretty much assumed that any house or apartment is going to boast a flush toilet, hot and cold running water, and a bathtub or shower.

You can dump that assumption down the drain. According to a report released April 23 by the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 630,000 occupied dwellings across the country don’t have indoor plumbing or lack complete plumbing. That’s 0.5 percent of the total housing stock in the U.S. and, according to the Washington Post's Wonkblog, represents about 1.6 million people.

The Western United States does not fare well by this measure.

Broken down by county and ranked from 0 percent-1.25 percent of “occupied dwelling units” without plumbing, almost all of the top 10 plumbing-less counties are in Alaska.

The next highest incidence of dry homes is centered on the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. The Northwest doesn't look so great, either.

Three counties in Idaho rank in the top 100 out of a total of 3,143 nationwide, including:

-Boise County: 5.3 percent of 2,978 of occupied housing units don’t have indoor plumbing (rank: No. 26)

-Bonner County: 2.9 percent of 17,886 of occupied housing units don’t have indoor plumbing (rank: No. 74)

-Benewah County: 2.7 percent of 3,762 of occupied housing units don’t have indoor plumbing (rank: No. 87)

In total, 12 counties in Idaho rise above the 1.25 percent level, representing more than a quarter of the state.

Click here for an interactive map.