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Posted by saviadmin on Sep 25, 2013

New Trends in Poverty Report Reveals Disparities across Demographics and Neighborhoods

By Sharon Kandrissavi

1 out of 5 people in Marion County are in poverty.  For a family of 4, that means an annual income of $23,500 or less.

Last week, the US Census Bureau released the 2012 poverty rates for all counties across the nation.  While the data show there was no significant change in the poverty rate since 2011, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the rate has nearly doubled over the past decade in Marion County.  And its impacts are far reaching.  Poverty disproportionately effects some demographics more than others, and as a community, we must consider the implications of those disparities on service delivery and planning.

Our new Trends in Poverty report digs into the 2012 poverty data to explore the disparities that exist in Marion County by age, race, gender, education levels, and neighborhoods – and how that has changed since 2000.

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