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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* 15,276 100.00% 14,995 100.00%
In Poverty 3,283 21.49% 2,085 13.90%
Not in Poverty 11,993 78.51% 12,910 86.10%
11 Years and Under 2,439 15.97% 2,135 14.24%
In Poverty 764 5.00% 392 2.61%
Not in Poverty 1,675 10.96% 1,743 11.62%
12 to 17 Years 1,466 9.60% 1,382 9.22%
In Poverty 361 2.36% 263 1.75%
Not in Poverty 1,105 7.23% 1,119 7.46%
18 to 64 Years 9,100 59.57% 9,131 60.89%
In Poverty 1,651 10.81% 1,163 7.76%
Not in Poverty 7,449 48.76% 7,968 53.14%
65 Years and Above 2,271 14.87% 2,347 15.65%
In Poverty 507 3.32% 267 1.78%
Not in Poverty 1,764 11.55% 2,080 13.87%

* 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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