Seminole County

POVERTY BY AGE

While they say little about economic ups and downs in the decade between Censuses, income and poverty data provide us with economic "snapshots" of an area at the time of enumeration that can in turn be compared with economic data gathered from earlier Censuses. Poverty status, as measured in this chart, is determined by Poverty Thresholds, which take into account a number of factors, including income and family size and structure. For example, the 2000 Poverty Threshold for a family of four in the continental United States with two related children was 17,463. However, Poverty Thresholds are misleading because they do not provide an accurate picture of what a “poor” family’s life is like. According to the National Center for Children in poverty, most families of four would have to make twice their assigned Poverty Threshold in order to provide their children with basic necessities, such as housing, food, and health care.

Poverty by Age, 1990 and 2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Total Population* 284,180 100.00% 361,650 100.00%
In Poverty 20,513 7.22% 26,804 7.41%
Not in Poverty 263,667 92.78% 334,846 92.59%
11 Years and Under 47,399 16.68% 60,118 16.62%
In Poverty 4,720 1.66% 5,509 1.52%
Not in Poverty 42,679 15.02% 54,609 15.10%
12 to 17 Years 23,887 8.41% 30,938 8.55%
In Poverty 2,090 0.74% 2,698 0.75%
Not in Poverty 21,797 7.67% 28,240 7.81%
18 to 64 Years 184,316 64.86% 233,083 64.45%
In Poverty 10,823 3.81% 16,110 4.45%
Not in Poverty 173,493 61.05% 216,973 60.00%
65 Years and Above 28,578 10.06% 37,511 10.37%
In Poverty 2,880 1.01% 2,487 0.69%
Not in Poverty 25,698 9.04% 35,024 9.68%

* The total population is the population for which poverty status is determined. Therefore, the total in this table should not be expected to match the total population in the population growth topic.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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