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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* 6,592 100.00% 7,197 100.00%
In Poverty 3,172 48.12% 2,617 36.36%
Not in Poverty 3,420 51.88% 4,580 63.64%
11 Years and Under 1,379 20.92% 1,528 21.23%
In Poverty 786 11.92% 664 9.23%
Not in Poverty 593 9.00% 864 12.01%
12 to 17 Years 739 11.21% 853 11.85%
In Poverty 458 6.95% 369 5.13%
Not in Poverty 281 4.26% 484 6.73%
18 to 64 Years 3,554 53.91% 3,779 52.51%
In Poverty 1,469 22.28% 1,127 15.66%
Not in Poverty 2,085 31.63% 2,652 36.85%
65 Years and Above 920 13.96% 1,037 14.41%
In Poverty 459 6.96% 457 6.35%
Not in Poverty 461 6.99% 580 8.06%

* 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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