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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* 131,345 100.00% 190,359 100.00%
In Poverty 50,116 38.16% 59,339 31.17%
Not in Poverty 81,229 61.84% 131,020 68.83%
11 Years and Under 32,294 24.59% 48,218 25.33%
In Poverty 14,993 11.41% 19,377 10.18%
Not in Poverty 17,301 13.17% 28,841 15.15%
12 to 17 Years 16,349 12.45% 21,120 11.09%
In Poverty 8,032 6.12% 8,174 4.29%
Not in Poverty 8,317 6.33% 12,946 6.80%
18 to 64 Years 72,661 55.32% 106,634 56.02%
In Poverty 23,569 17.94% 27,913 14.66%
Not in Poverty 49,092 37.38% 78,721 41.35%
65 Years and Above 10,041 7.64% 14,387 7.56%
In Poverty 3,522 2.68% 3,875 2.04%
Not in Poverty 6,519 4.96% 10,512 5.52%

* 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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