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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* 18,238 100.00% 21,771 100.00%
In Poverty 2,540 13.93% 2,084 9.57%
Not in Poverty 15,698 86.07% 19,687 90.43%
11 Years and Under 3,668 20.11% 3,600 16.54%
In Poverty 653 3.58% 432 1.98%
Not in Poverty 3,015 16.53% 3,168 14.55%
12 to 17 Years 1,672 9.17% 2,280 10.47%
In Poverty 252 1.38% 252 1.16%
Not in Poverty 1,420 7.79% 2,028 9.32%
18 to 64 Years 10,017 54.92% 12,593 57.84%
In Poverty 1,107 6.07% 1,026 4.71%
Not in Poverty 8,910 48.85% 11,567 53.13%
65 Years and Above 2,881 15.80% 3,298 15.15%
In Poverty 528 2.90% 374 1.72%
Not in Poverty 2,353 12.90% 2,924 13.43%

* 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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