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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* 8,221 100.00% 8,016 100.00%
In Poverty 1,103 13.42% 613 7.65%
Not in Poverty 7,118 86.58% 7,403 92.35%
11 Years and Under 1,423 17.31% 1,200 14.97%
In Poverty 264 3.21% 131 1.63%
Not in Poverty 1,159 14.10% 1,069 13.34%
12 to 17 Years 670 8.15% 728 9.08%
In Poverty 118 1.44% 59 0.74%
Not in Poverty 552 6.71% 669 8.35%
18 to 64 Years 4,323 52.58% 4,431 55.28%
In Poverty 460 5.60% 279 3.48%
Not in Poverty 3,863 46.99% 4,152 51.80%
65 Years and Above 1,805 21.96% 1,657 20.67%
In Poverty 261 3.17% 144 1.80%
Not in Poverty 1,544 18.78% 1,513 18.87%

* 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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