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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* 1,901 100.00% 2,138 100.00%
In Poverty 374 19.67% 321 15.01%
Not in Poverty 1,527 80.33% 1,817 84.99%
11 Years and Under 293 15.41% 283 13.24%
In Poverty 79 4.16% 49 2.29%
Not in Poverty 214 11.26% 234 10.94%
12 to 17 Years 178 9.36% 189 8.84%
In Poverty 38 2.00% 34 1.59%
Not in Poverty 140 7.36% 155 7.25%
18 to 64 Years 1,061 55.81% 1,304 60.99%
In Poverty 176 9.26% 167 7.81%
Not in Poverty 885 46.55% 1,137 53.18%
65 Years and Above 369 19.41% 362 16.93%
In Poverty 81 4.26% 71 3.32%
Not in Poverty 288 15.15% 291 13.61%

* 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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