Washington 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* 199,210 100.00% 198,346 100.00%
In Poverty 25,412 12.76% 19,513 9.84%
Not in Poverty 173,798 87.24% 178,833 90.16%
11 Years and Under 29,679 14.90% 29,043 14.64%
In Poverty 5,704 2.86% 4,324 2.18%
Not in Poverty 23,975 12.04% 24,719 12.46%
12 to 17 Years 15,929 8.00% 15,526 7.83%
In Poverty 2,589 1.30% 1,631 0.82%
Not in Poverty 13,340 6.70% 13,895 7.01%
18 to 64 Years 119,434 59.95% 118,976 59.98%
In Poverty 13,395 6.72% 10,508 5.30%
Not in Poverty 106,039 53.23% 108,468 54.69%
65 Years and Above 34,168 17.15% 34,801 17.55%
In Poverty 3,724 1.87% 3,050 1.54%
Not in Poverty 30,444 15.28% 31,751 16.01%

* 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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