Ashtabula 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* 97,541 100.00% 100,870 100.00%
In Poverty 15,721 16.12% 12,162 12.06%
Not in Poverty 81,820 83.88% 88,708 87.94%
11 Years and Under 17,473 17.91% 16,887 16.74%
In Poverty 4,555 4.67% 3,251 3.22%
Not in Poverty 12,918 13.24% 13,636 13.52%
12 to 17 Years 9,212 9.44% 9,439 9.36%
In Poverty 1,801 1.85% 1,336 1.32%
Not in Poverty 7,411 7.60% 8,103 8.03%
18 to 64 Years 57,383 58.83% 60,423 59.90%
In Poverty 7,667 7.86% 6,363 6.31%
Not in Poverty 49,716 50.97% 54,060 53.59%
65 Years and Above 13,473 13.81% 14,121 14.00%
In Poverty 1,698 1.74% 1,212 1.20%
Not in Poverty 11,775 12.07% 12,909 12.80%

* 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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