Carter County

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* 1,482 100.00% 1,338 100.00%
In Poverty 406 27.40% 242 18.09%
Not in Poverty 1,076 72.60% 1,096 81.91%
11 Years and Under 263 17.75% 182 13.60%
In Poverty 105 7.09% 29 2.17%
Not in Poverty 158 10.66% 153 11.43%
12 to 17 Years 122 8.23% 172 12.86%
In Poverty 39 2.63% 28 2.09%
Not in Poverty 83 5.60% 144 10.76%
18 to 64 Years 834 56.28% 759 56.73%
In Poverty 212 14.30% 148 11.06%
Not in Poverty 622 41.97% 611 45.67%
65 Years and Above 263 17.75% 225 16.82%
In Poverty 50 3.37% 37 2.77%
Not in Poverty 213 14.37% 188 14.05%

* 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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