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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* 5,217 100.00% 5,636 100.00%
In Poverty 1,762 33.77% 936 16.61%
Not in Poverty 3,455 66.23% 4,700 83.39%
11 Years and Under 908 17.40% 905 16.06%
In Poverty 434 8.32% 238 4.22%
Not in Poverty 474 9.09% 667 11.83%
12 to 17 Years 431 8.26% 546 9.69%
In Poverty 189 3.62% 145 2.57%
Not in Poverty 242 4.64% 401 7.11%
18 to 64 Years 2,748 52.67% 3,019 53.57%
In Poverty 772 14.80% 418 7.42%
Not in Poverty 1,976 37.88% 2,601 46.15%
65 Years and Above 1,130 21.66% 1,166 20.69%
In Poverty 367 7.03% 135 2.40%
Not in Poverty 763 14.63% 1,031 18.29%

* 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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