Volusia 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* 358,794 100.00% 429,459 100.00%
In Poverty 43,568 12.14% 49,907 11.62%
Not in Poverty 315,226 87.86% 379,552 88.38%
11 Years and Under 47,834 13.33% 55,789 12.99%
In Poverty 8,271 2.31% 9,699 2.26%
Not in Poverty 39,563 11.03% 46,090 10.73%
12 to 17 Years 23,034 6.42% 31,157 7.25%
In Poverty 3,727 1.04% 4,943 1.15%
Not in Poverty 19,307 5.38% 26,214 6.10%
18 to 64 Years 206,470 57.55% 247,900 57.72%
In Poverty 24,625 6.86% 28,593 6.66%
Not in Poverty 181,845 50.68% 219,307 51.07%
65 Years and Above 81,456 22.70% 94,613 22.03%
In Poverty 6,945 1.94% 6,672 1.55%
Not in Poverty 74,511 20.77% 87,941 20.48%

* 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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