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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* 1,962 100.00% 2,065 100.00%
In Poverty 232 11.82% 219 10.61%
Not in Poverty 1,730 88.18% 1,846 89.39%
11 Years and Under 381 19.42% 338 16.37%
In Poverty 74 3.77% 55 2.66%
Not in Poverty 307 15.65% 283 13.70%
12 to 17 Years 182 9.28% 213 10.31%
In Poverty 17 0.87% 40 1.94%
Not in Poverty 165 8.41% 173 8.38%
18 to 64 Years 1,018 51.89% 1,169 56.61%
In Poverty 85 4.33% 84 4.07%
Not in Poverty 933 47.55% 1,085 52.54%
65 Years and Above 381 19.42% 345 16.71%
In Poverty 56 2.85% 40 1.94%
Not in Poverty 325 16.56% 305 14.77%

* 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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