Terrebonne Parish

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* 95,875 100.00% 102,709 100.00%
In Poverty 23,203 24.20% 19,607 19.09%
Not in Poverty 72,672 75.80% 83,102 80.91%
11 Years and Under 21,239 22.15% 19,074 18.57%
In Poverty 6,997 7.30% 5,024 4.89%
Not in Poverty 14,242 14.85% 14,050 13.68%
12 to 17 Years 9,890 10.32% 10,722 10.44%
In Poverty 2,802 2.92% 2,751 2.68%
Not in Poverty 7,088 7.39% 7,971 7.76%
18 to 64 Years 57,152 59.61% 63,292 61.62%
In Poverty 11,583 12.08% 10,142 9.87%
Not in Poverty 45,569 47.53% 53,150 51.75%
65 Years and Above 7,594 7.92% 9,621 9.37%
In Poverty 1,821 1.90% 1,690 1.65%
Not in Poverty 5,773 6.02% 7,931 7.72%

* 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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