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November 29, 2005

Up With Poverty

New state-level income and poverty data just released today by the US Census Bureau. I've just begun playing with the numbers. But before I get too immersed in the spreadsheets, here's a look at how Cascadian states have fared over the last years for which data is available.

The skinny is that incomes are up, but poverty is up too. (As far as I can tell, the income figures are not adjusted for inflation, so they may not represent real gains.) Of course, these figures are just stats-based estimates, so it's wise not to draw too many conclusions.

Nevertheless, it is telling that all 5 states mimicked the national trend: rising incomes and rising poverty.

Median household incomes

2002

2003

California

$            47,323

$        48,440

Idaho

$            38,242

$        39,859

Montana

$            34,105

$        34,449

Oregon

$            41,796

$        42,593

Washington

$            46,399

$        48,185

United States

$            42,409

$        43,318

Poverty rates

2002

2003

California

13.3

13.8

Idaho

11.7

11.8

Montana

14.0

14.2

Oregon

11.3

12.0

Washington

10.3

11.0

United States

12.1

12.5

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Can we minimize the poverty rates? Yes. But it takes effective root cause analysis at the micro community level. It takes a sense of reality to get away from being self cenetered. It is hard work done by the community for free without goverment assistance. Money is not everything but understanding how to use the least amount of money to produce the most self sustaining capital is beneficial. Do more with less. Shelter>Water>Food>Education are the keys!

Posted by: Michael T Kovacs | Dec 9, 2005 8:05:18 PM