Cottle 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* 2,201 100.00% 1,859 100.00%
In Poverty 656 29.80% 342 18.40%
Not in Poverty 1,545 70.20% 1,517 81.60%
11 Years and Under 362 16.45% 288 15.49%
In Poverty 172 7.81% 87 4.68%
Not in Poverty 190 8.63% 201 10.81%
12 to 17 Years 214 9.72% 165 8.88%
In Poverty 99 4.50% 46 2.47%
Not in Poverty 115 5.22% 119 6.40%
18 to 64 Years 1,121 50.93% 943 50.73%
In Poverty 281 12.77% 135 7.26%
Not in Poverty 840 38.16% 808 43.46%
65 Years and Above 504 22.90% 463 24.91%
In Poverty 104 4.73% 74 3.98%
Not in Poverty 400 18.17% 389 20.93%

* 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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