Racine 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* 172,392 100.00% 184,348 100.00%
In Poverty 17,500 10.15% 15,491 8.40%
Not in Poverty 154,892 89.85% 168,857 91.60%
11 Years and Under 32,882 19.07% 32,659 17.72%
In Poverty 5,765 3.34% 4,297 2.33%
Not in Poverty 27,117 15.73% 28,362 15.39%
12 to 17 Years 15,021 8.71% 17,373 9.42%
In Poverty 1,687 0.98% 1,653 0.90%
Not in Poverty 13,334 7.73% 15,720 8.53%
18 to 64 Years 104,570 60.66% 111,843 60.67%
In Poverty 8,554 4.96% 8,079 4.38%
Not in Poverty 96,016 55.70% 103,764 56.29%
65 Years and Above 19,919 11.55% 22,473 12.19%
In Poverty 1,494 0.87% 1,462 0.79%
Not in Poverty 18,425 10.69% 21,011 11.40%

* 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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