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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* 7,607 100.00% 7,906 100.00%
In Poverty 1,598 21.01% 1,226 15.51%
Not in Poverty 6,009 78.99% 6,680 84.49%
11 Years and Under 1,281 16.84% 1,198 15.15%
In Poverty 388 5.10% 179 2.26%
Not in Poverty 893 11.74% 1,019 12.89%
12 to 17 Years 647 8.51% 764 9.66%
In Poverty 113 1.49% 148 1.87%
Not in Poverty 534 7.02% 616 7.79%
18 to 64 Years 4,133 54.33% 4,535 57.36%
In Poverty 766 10.07% 706 8.93%
Not in Poverty 3,367 44.26% 3,829 48.43%
65 Years and Above 1,546 20.32% 1,409 17.82%
In Poverty 331 4.35% 193 2.44%
Not in Poverty 1,215 15.97% 1,216 15.38%

* 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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