Monday, April 27, 2015

Comparison of Children in Poverty 1990 Versus 2013

Recently I posted about regional children living in poverty. In that post I introduced the concepts of people living in "near poverty, "in poverty" and in "deep poverty".

"Near poverty" identifies, in this case, children under the age of 18 who live in a family where the poverty level is between 150% and 101% of poverty. So technically they are not in poverty at this time, but considered to be on the edge of poverty, or "near" poverty.

"In poverty" is for children where their family level of income is between the actual the poverty level (100% of the poverty income level) and 51% of the poverty income level.

Children in "deep poverty" are those where families are at 50% or less of the poverty levels. For these families, they are a long ways from getting out of poverty, hence the idea that they are seen as being in "deep" poverty.

The previous post just took a look at the current percentage of children in the two county area that live at each of these poverty levels. In order to provide a bit more context, here is some data that covers the regional MSA (Herkimer and Oneida Counties combined), New York State, and the United States for the years 1990 and 2013 for children in poverty. Each has seen an increase in levels of poverty pretty much across the board.

Please NOTE: In order to get the percentage of children living in poverty as more traditionally defined, you would simply add the percentages of the bottom two segments on the graph below - that is, add the percent of those in "deep poverty" to the percent "in poverty".