Aleutians West Census Area

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* 7,393 100.00% 5,403 100.00%
In Poverty 662 8.95% 642 11.88%
Not in Poverty 6,731 91.05% 4,761 88.12%
11 Years and Under 1,568 21.21% 626 11.59%
In Poverty 88 1.19% 37 0.68%
Not in Poverty 1,480 20.02% 589 10.90%
12 to 17 Years 324 4.38% 299 5.53%
In Poverty 22 0.30% 24 0.44%
Not in Poverty 302 4.08% 275 5.09%
18 to 64 Years 5,430 73.45% 4,387 81.20%
In Poverty 548 7.41% 566 10.48%
Not in Poverty 4,882 66.04% 3,821 70.72%
65 Years and Above 71 0.96% 91 1.68%
In Poverty 4 0.05% 15 0.28%
Not in Poverty 67 0.91% 76 1.41%

* 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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