Tillamook 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* 21,103 100.00% 23,794 100.00%
In Poverty 3,168 15.01% 2,718 11.42%
Not in Poverty 17,935 84.99% 21,076 88.58%
11 Years and Under 3,328 15.77% 3,348 14.07%
In Poverty 829 3.93% 556 2.34%
Not in Poverty 2,499 11.84% 2,792 11.73%
12 to 17 Years 1,604 7.60% 1,951 8.20%
In Poverty 353 1.67% 251 1.05%
Not in Poverty 1,251 5.93% 1,700 7.14%
18 to 64 Years 11,768 55.76% 13,812 58.05%
In Poverty 1,617 7.66% 1,531 6.43%
Not in Poverty 10,151 48.10% 12,281 51.61%
65 Years and Above 4,403 20.86% 4,683 19.68%
In Poverty 369 1.75% 380 1.60%
Not in Poverty 4,034 19.12% 4,303 18.08%

* 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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