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Oregon: Poverty rate, overall

The poverty rate is the percentage of people living below the poverty level or “threshold.” Each year, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget establishes a series of poverty thresholds for different family sizes and ages of household heads.

Among Oregon residents, the overall poverty rate . . .

  • was 17.0 percent in 2012, 11.6 percent in 1999, and 12.4 percent in 1989.
  • was 17.0 percent compared to 15.9 percent in the U.S. in 2012.
  • ranked 17th - from highest to lowest - out of the 50 states in 2012.

 

 

To get the most out of this indicator . . .

 

Ask questions:

 

·         Is the poverty rate going up or down over time?

·         How does your county’s poverty rate compare to the state or national rate?

 

Look at other indicators:

 

·         “Income and poverty: Poverty rate, by age” – How do child and elderly poverty rates compare to the overall poverty rate?

·         “Employment: Unemployment rate” – If your county has a relatively high poverty rate, does it also have a relatively high unemployment rate?

·         “County types: County policy type codes” - If your county has a relatively high poverty rate, is it classified as a “persistent poverty” county?

 

Dig deeper:

 

·         Look at the county rankings for your state and/or view maps to see how your county compares to others.

·         Download data for your county or state to view the total number of people living in poverty.

·         The U.S. Census Bureau publishes poverty thresholds for various household and family types.  See http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/threshld.html.

·         Take a Big Picture view of your county.

·         If you have specific questions, send us an e-mail.





Source: 1979: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing, USA Counties 1998, (http://censtats.census.gov/usa/usa.shtml);
1989 and 1999: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing, American Factfinder, (http://factfinder2.census.gov/);
2000-2012: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, (http://www.census.gov//did/www/saipe/.); DATE LAST UPDATED: December 16, 2013.



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