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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* 9,300 100.00% 9,166 100.00%
In Poverty 748 8.04% 505 5.51%
Not in Poverty 8,552 91.96% 8,661 94.49%
11 Years and Under 1,716 18.45% 1,641 17.90%
In Poverty 155 1.67% 126 1.37%
Not in Poverty 1,561 16.78% 1,515 16.53%
12 to 17 Years 907 9.75% 897 9.79%
In Poverty 64 0.69% 43 0.47%
Not in Poverty 843 9.06% 854 9.32%
18 to 64 Years 5,196 55.87% 5,291 57.72%
In Poverty 357 3.84% 276 3.01%
Not in Poverty 4,839 52.03% 5,015 54.71%
65 Years and Above 1,481 15.92% 1,337 14.59%
In Poverty 172 1.85% 60 0.65%
Not in Poverty 1,309 14.08% 1,277 13.93%

* 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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