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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* 6,983 100.00% 7,429 100.00%
In Poverty 738 10.57% 875 11.78%
Not in Poverty 6,245 89.43% 6,554 88.22%
11 Years and Under 1,298 18.59% 1,312 17.66%
In Poverty 169 2.42% 186 2.50%
Not in Poverty 1,129 16.17% 1,126 15.16%
12 to 17 Years 658 9.42% 588 7.91%
In Poverty 65 0.93% 59 0.79%
Not in Poverty 593 8.49% 529 7.12%
18 to 64 Years 4,077 58.38% 4,455 59.97%
In Poverty 379 5.43% 481 6.47%
Not in Poverty 3,698 52.96% 3,974 53.49%
65 Years and Above 950 13.60% 1,074 14.46%
In Poverty 125 1.79% 149 2.01%
Not in Poverty 825 11.81% 925 12.45%

* 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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