Families in poverty


Updated 9/15/17

Although the American Community Survey census data is lagged, it indicates the percentage of families living in the most desperate situations. Community programs aimed at workforce development and literacy help reduce the percentage of families in poverty. In Washoe County, 15.6% of all people were estimated to be in poverty in 2014, which dropped to 13.7% in 2015, and 12.2% in 2016.

The US poverty threshold for a family of four, two adults and two children, was $19,803 in 2004, $24,008 in 2014, and $24,036 in 2015; the poverty threshold for 1-person in 2015 was $12,082; < 65 years $12,331; and ≥ 65 $11,367. The threshold increased only $28 for a family of four. [Note that these poverty levels do not include the real dollars needed for families to pay for all basic needs—food, housing, transportation, child care, healthcare and housing.]

The US poverty threshold by family size in 2016:

$12,228 – 1 person / $12,486<65 years / $11,511 ≥65 years

$15,569 – 2 people / $16,151 <65 years / $14,522 ≥65 years

$24,339 – 2 adults + 2 children

Source:

US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (selected economic characteristics)

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