Dickenson 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* 17,455 100.00% 16,240 100.00%
In Poverty 4,518 25.88% 3,460 21.31%
Not in Poverty 12,937 74.12% 12,780 78.69%
11 Years and Under 3,038 17.40% 2,245 13.82%
In Poverty 1,086 6.22% 602 3.71%
Not in Poverty 1,952 11.18% 1,643 10.12%
12 to 17 Years 1,677 9.61% 1,334 8.21%
In Poverty 484 2.77% 403 2.48%
Not in Poverty 1,193 6.83% 931 5.73%
18 to 64 Years 10,655 61.04% 10,374 63.88%
In Poverty 2,571 14.73% 2,060 12.68%
Not in Poverty 8,084 46.31% 8,314 51.19%
65 Years and Above 2,085 11.95% 2,287 14.08%
In Poverty 377 2.16% 395 2.43%
Not in Poverty 1,708 9.79% 1,892 11.65%

* 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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