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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* 6,559 100.00% 6,537 100.00%
In Poverty 1,588 24.21% 1,313 20.09%
Not in Poverty 4,971 75.79% 5,224 79.91%
11 Years and Under 1,161 17.70% 892 13.65%
In Poverty 423 6.45% 250 3.82%
Not in Poverty 738 11.25% 642 9.82%
12 to 17 Years 542 8.26% 599 9.16%
In Poverty 139 2.12% 161 2.46%
Not in Poverty 403 6.14% 438 6.70%
18 to 64 Years 3,811 58.10% 3,983 60.93%
In Poverty 744 11.34% 737 11.27%
Not in Poverty 3,067 46.76% 3,246 49.66%
65 Years and Above 1,045 15.93% 1,063 16.26%
In Poverty 282 4.30% 165 2.52%
Not in Poverty 763 11.63% 898 13.74%

* 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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