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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* 13,532 100.00% 15,735 100.00%
In Poverty 2,147 15.87% 1,554 9.88%
Not in Poverty 11,385 84.13% 14,181 90.12%
11 Years and Under 2,430 17.96% 2,186 13.89%
In Poverty 563 4.16% 330 2.10%
Not in Poverty 1,867 13.80% 1,856 11.80%
12 to 17 Years 1,151 8.51% 1,530 9.72%
In Poverty 204 1.51% 129 0.82%
Not in Poverty 947 7.00% 1,401 8.90%
18 to 64 Years 7,475 55.24% 9,180 58.34%
In Poverty 1,015 7.50% 835 5.31%
Not in Poverty 6,460 47.74% 8,345 53.03%
65 Years and Above 2,476 18.30% 2,839 18.04%
In Poverty 365 2.70% 260 1.65%
Not in Poverty 2,111 15.60% 2,579 16.39%

* 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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