Lake and Peninsula Borough

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* 1,650 100.00% 1,810 100.00%
In Poverty 330 20.00% 342 18.90%
Not in Poverty 1,320 80.00% 1,468 81.10%
11 Years and Under 479 29.03% 440 24.31%
In Poverty 105 6.36% 100 5.52%
Not in Poverty 374 22.67% 340 18.78%
12 to 17 Years 145 8.79% 239 13.20%
In Poverty 26 1.58% 45 2.49%
Not in Poverty 119 7.21% 194 10.72%
18 to 64 Years 935 56.67% 1,027 56.74%
In Poverty 185 11.21% 181 10.00%
Not in Poverty 750 45.45% 846 46.74%
65 Years and Above 91 5.52% 104 5.75%
In Poverty 14 0.85% 16 0.88%
Not in Poverty 77 4.67% 88 4.86%

* 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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