Freestone 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* 15,425 100.00% 16,299 100.00%
In Poverty 2,999 19.44% 2,321 14.24%
Not in Poverty 12,426 80.56% 13,978 85.76%
11 Years and Under 2,622 17.00% 2,535 15.55%
In Poverty 543 3.52% 470 2.88%
Not in Poverty 2,079 13.48% 2,065 12.67%
12 to 17 Years 1,574 10.20% 1,599 9.81%
In Poverty 334 2.17% 245 1.50%
Not in Poverty 1,240 8.04% 1,354 8.31%
18 to 64 Years 8,426 54.63% 9,408 57.72%
In Poverty 1,326 8.60% 1,213 7.44%
Not in Poverty 7,100 46.03% 8,195 50.28%
65 Years and Above 2,803 18.17% 2,757 16.92%
In Poverty 796 5.16% 393 2.41%
Not in Poverty 2,007 13.01% 2,364 14.50%

* 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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