Garfield 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* 2,198 100.00% 2,348 100.00%
In Poverty 231 10.51% 334 14.22%
Not in Poverty 1,967 89.49% 2,014 85.78%
11 Years and Under 350 15.92% 345 14.69%
In Poverty 47 2.14% 60 2.56%
Not in Poverty 303 13.79% 285 12.14%
12 to 17 Years 229 10.42% 267 11.37%
In Poverty 16 0.73% 48 2.04%
Not in Poverty 213 9.69% 219 9.33%
18 to 64 Years 1,158 52.68% 1,267 53.96%
In Poverty 107 4.87% 178 7.58%
Not in Poverty 1,051 47.82% 1,089 46.38%
65 Years and Above 461 20.97% 469 19.97%
In Poverty 61 2.78% 48 2.04%
Not in Poverty 400 18.20% 421 17.93%

* 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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