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Families Living Below Poverty Level

This indicator shows the percentage of families living below the federal poverty level.

Families Living Below Poverty Level

11.1
14.9
Comparison: U.S. Counties 

9.9

percent
Measurement Period: 2008-2012

County: Palm Beach

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Categories: Economy / Poverty
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 3,143 U.S. counties and county equivalents.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: January 2014
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Why is this important?

Federal poverty thresholds are set every year by the Census Bureau and vary by size of family and ages of family members. A high poverty rate is both a cause and a consequence of poor economic conditions. A high poverty rate indicates that local employment opportunities are not sufficient to provide for the local community. Through decreased buying power and decreased taxes, poverty is associated with lower quality schools and decreased business survival.

Families Living Below Poverty Level : Time Series

2005-2009: 8.0 2006-2010: 8.6 2007-2011: 9.4 2008-2012: 9.9

percent

Families Living Below Poverty Level by Race/Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaska Native: 16.9 Asian: 8.9 Black or African American: 22.4 Hispanic or Latino: 18.8 Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 14.9 Other: 18.9 Two or more races: 13.0 White, non-Hispanic: 4.9 Overall: 9.9

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Families Living Below Poverty Level

Comparison: Prior Value 

9.9

percent
Measurement Period: 2008-2012

County: Palm Beach

View All Location Types

Categories: Economy / Poverty
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: January 2014

Why is this important?

Federal poverty thresholds are set every year by the Census Bureau and vary by size of family and ages of family members. A high poverty rate is both a cause and a consequence of poor economic conditions. A high poverty rate indicates that local employment opportunities are not sufficient to provide for the local community. Through decreased buying power and decreased taxes, poverty is associated with lower quality schools and decreased business survival.

Families Living Below Poverty Level : Time Series

2005-2009: 8.0 2006-2010: 8.6 2007-2011: 9.4 2008-2012: 9.9

percent

Families Living Below Poverty Level by Race/Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaska Native: 16.9 Asian: 8.9 Black or African American: 22.4 Hispanic or Latino: 18.8 Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 14.9 Other: 18.9 Two or more races: 13.0 White, non-Hispanic: 4.9 Overall: 9.9

percent

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