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People 65+ Living Below Poverty Level

Value: 7.1 percent
Measurement
Period:
2008-2012
Location: State : Delaware
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Comparison: U.S. States
Categories: Economy / Poverty
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What is this Indicator?
This indicator shows the percentage of people aged 65 years and over living below the federal poverty level.
Why this is important: 
Federal poverty thresholds are set every year by the Census Bureau and vary by size of family and ages of family members. Seniors who live in poverty are an especially vulnerable group due to increased physical limitations, medical needs, and social isolation. Seniors often live on a fixed income from pensions or other retirement plans and social security. If this income is insufficient in the face of increasing prescription costs and other costs of living, most seniors have no way to supplement their income. Retirement plans may be vulnerable to fluctuations in the stock market as well; the increasing reliance of retirees on stock market based retirement plans may explain why more seniors nationwide are now slipping into poverty.
Technical Note:  The distribution is based on data from 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
Source: American Community Survey
URL of Source:   http://www.census.gov/acs/www/
URL of Data:   http://factfinder2.census.gov/
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: January 2014

Time Series Data

2005-2009: 7.3 2006-2010: 7.3 2007-2011: 7.0 2008-2012: 7.1

percent

People 65+ Living Below Poverty Level by Age

65-74: 6.6 75+: 7.8 Overall: 7.1

percent

People 65+ Living Below Poverty Level by Gender

Female: 9.1 Male: 4.7 Overall: 7.1

percent

People 65+ Living Below Poverty Level by Race/Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaska Native: 4.4 Asian: 6.7 Black or African American: 15.3 Hispanic or Latino: 17.0 Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0.0 Other: 9.9 Two or more races: 16.3 White, non-Hispanic: 5.6 Overall: 7.1

percent

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Unit: percent
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People 65+ Living Below Poverty Level

Value: 7.1 percent
Measurement
Period:
2008-2012
Location: State : Delaware
[ View All Location Types ]
Comparison: Prior Value
Categories: Economy / Poverty
What is this Indicator?
This indicator shows the percentage of people aged 65 years and over living below the federal poverty level.
Why this is important: 
Federal poverty thresholds are set every year by the Census Bureau and vary by size of family and ages of family members. Seniors who live in poverty are an especially vulnerable group due to increased physical limitations, medical needs, and social isolation. Seniors often live on a fixed income from pensions or other retirement plans and social security. If this income is insufficient in the face of increasing prescription costs and other costs of living, most seniors have no way to supplement their income. Retirement plans may be vulnerable to fluctuations in the stock market as well; the increasing reliance of retirees on stock market based retirement plans may explain why more seniors nationwide are now slipping into poverty.
Technical Note:  The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Source: American Community Survey
URL of Source:   http://www.census.gov/acs/www/
URL of Data:   http://factfinder2.census.gov/
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: January 2014

Time Series Data

2005-2009: 7.3 2006-2010: 7.3 2007-2011: 7.0 2008-2012: 7.1

percent

People 65+ Living Below Poverty Level by Age

65-74: 6.6 75+: 7.8 Overall: 7.1

percent

People 65+ Living Below Poverty Level by Gender

Female: 9.1 Male: 4.7 Overall: 7.1

percent

People 65+ Living Below Poverty Level by Race/Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaska Native: 4.4 Asian: 6.7 Black or African American: 15.3 Hispanic or Latino: 17.0 Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0.0 Other: 9.9 Two or more races: 16.3 White, non-Hispanic: 5.6 Overall: 7.1

percent

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