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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* 714,672 100.00% 626,051 100.00%
In Poverty 156,284 21.87% 143,514 22.92%
Not in Poverty 558,388 78.13% 482,537 77.08%
11 Years and Under 125,061 17.50% 104,954 16.76%
In Poverty 42,315 5.92% 34,391 5.49%
Not in Poverty 82,746 11.58% 70,563 11.27%
12 to 17 Years 50,700 7.09% 52,273 8.35%
In Poverty 14,888 2.08% 14,415 2.30%
Not in Poverty 35,812 5.01% 37,858 6.05%
18 to 64 Years 442,773 61.95% 386,423 61.72%
In Poverty 80,567 11.27% 79,889 12.76%
Not in Poverty 362,206 50.68% 306,534 48.96%
65 Years and Above 96,138 13.45% 82,401 13.16%
In Poverty 18,514 2.59% 14,819 2.37%
Not in Poverty 77,624 10.86% 67,582 10.79%

* 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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