Appling 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* 15,543 100.00% 17,110 100.00%
In Poverty 3,087 19.86% 3,186 18.62%
Not in Poverty 12,456 80.14% 13,924 81.38%
11 Years and Under 2,820 18.14% 3,019 17.64%
In Poverty 766 4.93% 784 4.58%
Not in Poverty 2,054 13.21% 2,235 13.06%
12 to 17 Years 1,742 11.21% 1,585 9.26%
In Poverty 445 2.86% 336 1.96%
Not in Poverty 1,297 8.34% 1,249 7.30%
18 to 64 Years 9,182 59.07% 10,504 61.39%
In Poverty 1,355 8.72% 1,577 9.22%
Not in Poverty 7,827 50.36% 8,927 52.17%
65 Years and Above 1,799 11.57% 2,002 11.70%
In Poverty 521 3.35% 489 2.86%
Not in Poverty 1,278 8.22% 1,513 8.84%

* 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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