Gila 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* 39,496 100.00% 50,265 100.00%
In Poverty 7,234 18.32% 8,752 17.41%
Not in Poverty 32,262 81.68% 41,513 82.59%
11 Years and Under 6,927 17.54% 8,078 16.07%
In Poverty 1,993 5.05% 2,188 4.35%
Not in Poverty 4,934 12.49% 5,890 11.72%
12 to 17 Years 3,405 8.62% 4,574 9.10%
In Poverty 669 1.69% 1,145 2.28%
Not in Poverty 2,736 6.93% 3,429 6.82%
18 to 64 Years 21,537 54.53% 27,723 55.15%
In Poverty 3,648 9.24% 4,636 9.22%
Not in Poverty 17,889 45.29% 23,087 45.93%
65 Years and Above 7,627 19.31% 9,890 19.68%
In Poverty 924 2.34% 783 1.56%
Not in Poverty 6,703 16.97% 9,107 18.12%

* 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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