Economy / Poverty

 

Poverty

 

In practical terms, poverty indicates insufficient financial resources needed to pay for basic needs such as food, housing, and health care.1 The poverty rate measures the percentage of residents in families with incomes below the federally defined poverty threshold. In 2017, the poverty threshold for a family of four was about $25,094.2

The data dashboard below shows current and recent trend data for residents experiencing poverty in Forsyth County.

Dashboard: Residents Experiencing Poverty

Understanding Poverty Spatially

The map below visualizes the percentage of residents experiencing poverty by census tract across Forsyth County (2012-2016).

Key Point: Forsyth County Poverty Rate Decreasing

  • Forsyth County’s poverty rates have consistently dropped since 2012, but still have not returned to the lower rates of 2006 and 2007.

Key Point: Disparities Present in Residents Experiencing Poverty by Geography

  • Forsyth County has a higher rate of residents experiencing poverty when compared to National and State rates.
  • Forsyth County’s poverty rate is higher than that of Guilford County but is not significantly different than Durham County.

Key Point: Disparities Present in Poverty Rates for Residents by Age

  • Forsyth County’s young adults and children are most at risk of experiencing poverty.

Key Point: Disparities Present in Residents Experiencing Poverty by Race/Ethnicity

  • The poverty rates for Hispanic/Latino residents and African American residents are both more than twice that of White, non-Hispanic residents.
  • The percentage of White, non-Hispanic residents experiencing poverty has remained stable over the past 10 years.
Notes on Data

If you are interested in using data from this report for rigorous purposes, please contact info@forsythfutures.org for a consultation on how best to proceed.

Literature References
  1. Kushel, M., Gupta, R., Gee, L., & Haas, J. (2006). Housing instability and food security as barriers to health care among low-income Americans. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21(1), 71-77. doi: 1111/j.1525-1497.2005.00278.x
  2. S. Census Bureau, Poverty thresholds by size of family and number of children. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/income-poverty/historical-poverty-thresholds.html
Data Sources
  1. U.S. Department of Commerce. (2018). Poverty status in the past 12 months: Table S1701 [Data files from ACS 1-year estimates for the years 2006-2017]. Retrieved from https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_17_1YR_S1701&amp&prodType=table
  2. U.S. Department of Commerce. (2017). Poverty status in the past 12 months: Table S1701 [ Data files from ACS 5-year estimates for the years 2012-2016]. Retrieved from https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_16_5YR_S1701&prodType=table
  3. U.S. Department of Commerce. (2018). Poverty status in the past 12 months: Table S1701 [ Data files from ACS 1-year estimates for the year 2017]. Retrieved from https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_17_1YR_S1701&amp&prodType=table