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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* 12,306 100.00% 19,052 100.00%
In Poverty 1,287 10.46% 1,121 5.88%
Not in Poverty 11,019 89.54% 17,931 94.12%
11 Years and Under 2,093 17.01% 3,056 16.04%
In Poverty 288 2.34% 177 0.93%
Not in Poverty 1,805 14.67% 2,879 15.11%
12 to 17 Years 989 8.04% 1,631 8.56%
In Poverty 151 1.23% 103 0.54%
Not in Poverty 838 6.81% 1,528 8.02%
18 to 64 Years 7,615 61.88% 11,636 61.07%
In Poverty 521 4.23% 641 3.36%
Not in Poverty 7,094 57.65% 10,995 57.71%
65 Years and Above 1,609 13.07% 2,729 14.32%
In Poverty 327 2.66% 200 1.05%
Not in Poverty 1,282 10.42% 2,529 13.27%

* 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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