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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* 1,527 100.00% 1,638 100.00%
In Poverty 157 10.28% 206 12.58%
Not in Poverty 1,370 89.72% 1,432 87.42%
11 Years and Under 290 18.99% 263 16.06%
In Poverty 38 2.49% 31 1.89%
Not in Poverty 252 16.50% 232 14.16%
12 to 17 Years 131 8.58% 194 11.84%
In Poverty 8 0.52% 27 1.65%
Not in Poverty 123 8.06% 167 10.20%
18 to 64 Years 978 64.05% 974 59.46%
In Poverty 90 5.89% 114 6.96%
Not in Poverty 888 58.15% 860 52.50%
65 Years and Above 128 8.38% 207 12.64%
In Poverty 21 1.38% 34 2.08%
Not in Poverty 107 7.01% 173 10.56%

* 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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