Populations living in poverty


Updated 9/22/18

The percentage of children, families, and seniors living in poverty in Washoe County remains below Nevada and the national average, but these estimates are based only on the yearly designated federal poverty levels. Many more live above the poverty threshold, but still struggle to be self-sufficient. Inequality also grows as incomes rise for those at the upper end of the scale.

Poverty is a very complex and social issue involving many factors, such as literacy, education and  workforce skills; access to affordable housing, transportation, insurance and technology; family size, structure and geographic location; and more.  All these factors combine to make it extremely difficult for families to alter their fortunes, often leading to generational poverty. As it has been said, having a refrigerator may be a luxury in poor countries, but in the US it is essential for basic functionality.

The US poverty threshold by family size in 2015:

$12,082 – 1 person / $12,331<65 years / $11,367 ≥65 years

$15,391 – 2 people / $15,952 <65 years / $14,342 ≥65 years

$24,036 – 2 adults + 2 children

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 / $14,544 ≥65 years

$24,339 – 2 adults + 2 children

The US poverty threshold by family size in 2017:

$12,488 – 1 person / $12,752<65 years / $11,756 ≥65 years

$15,901 – 2 people / $16,414 <65 years / $14,816 ≥65 years

$24,858 – 2 adults + 2 children

The Economic Policy Institute, Basic Family Budget Calculator calculates only the amounts a family needs to spend to feed, shelter and clothes, get to work and school, and subsist today. It only includes essentials, but no savings, no restaurant meals, no funds for emergencies. In 2017, one parent with one child in the Reno-Sparks MSA, cost $56,461; 2 persons with 2 children cost $81,183—both substantially above the poverty limits. The poverty threshold methodology doesn’t reflect the rising cost of living in recent years and underestimates real family costs.  US poverty threshold for a family of 4 (2 children) for 2017(p) = $24,858; for 2014 = $24,008; 2010 = $14,973; 2007 = $14,237.

Reno-Sparks MSA basic family monthly budget for 1 person + 1 child in 2017 = $4,705

Housing 977$
Food 403$
Childcare 760$
Transportation 909$
Healthcare 525$
Other necessities 557$
Taxes 574$

Reno-Sparks MSA basic family monthly budget for 2 persons + 2 child in 2017 = $6,761

Housing 977$
Food 789$
Childcare 1348$
Transportation 1158$
Healthcare 1051$
Other necessities 713$
Taxes 726$

Outcomes of poverty on health

Source:

US Census Bureau, American Community Surveys

Economic Policy Institute

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