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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* 7,695 100.00% 9,289 100.00%
In Poverty 1,219 15.84% 1,298 13.97%
Not in Poverty 6,476 84.16% 7,991 86.03%
11 Years and Under 1,777 23.09% 1,755 18.89%
In Poverty 363 4.72% 271 2.92%
Not in Poverty 1,414 18.38% 1,484 15.98%
12 to 17 Years 798 10.37% 1,104 11.89%
In Poverty 131 1.70% 164 1.77%
Not in Poverty 667 8.67% 940 10.12%
18 to 64 Years 4,410 57.31% 5,558 59.83%
In Poverty 579 7.52% 722 7.77%
Not in Poverty 3,831 49.79% 4,836 52.06%
65 Years and Above 710 9.23% 872 9.39%
In Poverty 146 1.90% 141 1.52%
Not in Poverty 564 7.33% 731 7.87%

* 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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