Petersburg city

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* 36,256 100.00% 32,954 100.00%
In Poverty 7,359 20.30% 6,461 19.61%
Not in Poverty 28,897 79.70% 26,493 80.39%
11 Years and Under 6,396 17.64% 5,312 16.12%
In Poverty 2,111 5.82% 1,596 4.84%
Not in Poverty 4,285 11.82% 3,716 11.28%
12 to 17 Years 2,282 6.29% 2,799 8.49%
In Poverty 563 1.55% 625 1.90%
Not in Poverty 1,719 4.74% 2,174 6.60%
18 to 64 Years 22,255 61.38% 19,745 59.92%
In Poverty 3,901 10.76% 3,433 10.42%
Not in Poverty 18,354 50.62% 16,312 49.50%
65 Years and Above 5,323 14.68% 5,098 15.47%
In Poverty 784 2.16% 807 2.45%
Not in Poverty 4,539 12.52% 4,291 13.02%

* 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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