Oneida 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* 236,296 100.00% 220,539 100.00%
In Poverty 28,203 11.94% 28,764 13.04%
Not in Poverty 208,093 88.06% 191,775 86.96%
11 Years and Under 41,175 17.43% 34,710 15.74%
In Poverty 8,095 3.43% 7,513 3.41%
Not in Poverty 33,080 14.00% 27,197 12.33%
12 to 17 Years 18,725 7.92% 20,315 9.21%
In Poverty 2,484 1.05% 3,175 1.44%
Not in Poverty 16,241 6.87% 17,140 7.77%
18 to 64 Years 141,000 59.67% 130,060 58.97%
In Poverty 13,993 5.92% 15,057 6.83%
Not in Poverty 127,007 53.75% 115,003 52.15%
65 Years and Above 35,396 14.98% 35,454 16.08%
In Poverty 3,631 1.54% 3,019 1.37%
Not in Poverty 31,765 13.44% 32,435 14.71%

* 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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