The U.S. Census Bureau has just released new county-level income and poverty estimates for 2009. Not surprisingly, given the economic downturn, poverty rates edged up during 2009. Nevertheless, roughly two-thirds of Utah counties show poverty rates below the national average. San Juan County, with its high share of Native American population shows a poverty rate of more than 28 percent. On the other had, several Utah counties show single-digit poverty rates. Keep in mind that poverty rates are not adjusted for cost of living.
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Don't die of shock, but when it comes to household income (at least the median), Utah's number is higher than the U.S. figure. Go figure. What happened to those low wages? Well, Utah tends to have relatively higher family and household income because a higher number of household members work. Not surprisingly, the county with the highest median household income also has the lowest poverty rate.
These estimates made with the help of American Community Survey (ACS) Data. However, the Census Bureau is due to release actual five-year American Community Survey data on December 14. This represents the first demographic information small counties have had since the 2000 Census. And, it will provide more detailed income and poverty data small areas.
For detailed information go to: http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe