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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* 8,599 100.00% 9,329 100.00%
In Poverty 2,694 31.33% 2,494 26.73%
Not in Poverty 5,905 68.67% 6,835 73.27%
11 Years and Under 1,819 21.15% 1,822 19.53%
In Poverty 944 10.98% 665 7.13%
Not in Poverty 875 10.18% 1,157 12.40%
12 to 17 Years 910 10.58% 944 10.12%
In Poverty 364 4.23% 331 3.55%
Not in Poverty 546 6.35% 613 6.57%
18 to 64 Years 4,690 54.54% 5,398 57.86%
In Poverty 1,058 12.30% 1,209 12.96%
Not in Poverty 3,632 42.24% 4,189 44.90%
65 Years and Above 1,180 13.72% 1,165 12.49%
In Poverty 328 3.81% 289 3.10%
Not in Poverty 852 9.91% 876 9.39%

* 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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