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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* 19,142 100.00% 19,992 100.00%
In Poverty 2,552 13.33% 2,960 14.81%
Not in Poverty 16,590 86.67% 17,032 85.19%
11 Years and Under 4,407 23.02% 3,996 19.99%
In Poverty 836 4.37% 846 4.23%
Not in Poverty 3,571 18.66% 3,150 15.76%
12 to 17 Years 2,342 12.23% 2,272 11.36%
In Poverty 352 1.84% 359 1.80%
Not in Poverty 1,990 10.40% 1,913 9.57%
18 to 64 Years 10,087 52.70% 11,153 55.79%
In Poverty 1,121 5.86% 1,524 7.62%
Not in Poverty 8,966 46.84% 9,629 48.16%
65 Years and Above 2,306 12.05% 2,571 12.86%
In Poverty 243 1.27% 231 1.16%
Not in Poverty 2,063 10.78% 2,340 11.70%

* 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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