Friday, December 26, 2014

2013 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Are Out for School Districts and Counties in PA

Penn Income Penn Poverty The Census Bureau has released the 2013 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for all states, counties, and school districts in the US. The graphs showing the rates for 2008-2013 are presented for the graphs above with 90% confidence bounds for the estimates for the % in poverty and the state Median income for the state of Pennsylvania. The blue line represents the estimates while the light green line represents the upper bound and the dark green line represents the lower. The top graph shows that median income (the median is the value that appears in the middle of incomes when they are ranked from highest to lowest) has steadily increased since 2010 after decreasing from 2008 to 2010. A different pattern emerges for the poverty estimates in the second graph for the state. It shows a steady increase in poverty levels from 2008 to 2011 with a leveling off for 2011 to 2013. Graphs for Allegheny County are below. Alleg income Alleg poverty
If we look at the county level estimates, a different emerges for each county and school district. Like the state, median income increased for Allegheny County from 2009-2013. Poverty estimates increased from 2010 to 2013 with the other years relatively equal. The larger the population of the county is, the narrower the confidence bounds are for the estimates. School District level estimates for child poverty are available and presented in the map below. There are too many districts presented to present in table form and graphically for years 2008 to 2013. The districts with the highest poverty rates are listed below the map. The top four counties are in the Pittsburgh Area and the fifth highest in the Reading district.  The Greater Johnstown School District ranks sixth with 40.7%.  All of the top six have estimates above 40%.


Table 1

The Ten School Districts with the Highest Child Poverty Rates in Pa (Age 5-17, Local Districts in Bold)
Name
Estimate
Clairton City School District
47.9
Duquesne City School District
46.0
Sto-Rox School District
44.7
Wilkinsburg Borough School District
43.2
Reading School District
43.1
Greater Johnstown School District
40.7
York City School District
39.8
Harrisburg City School District
39.1
Allentown City School District
38.6
Erie City School District
38.5
 

 School District Poverty map Below are 2013 estimates for each county, the US and Pennsylvania for % in Poverty and median income. Pennsylvania is close to the national estimates for median income but lower than the US for poverty. There are 11 counties above the national poverty rate. There are 21 counties above the national and state medians and 47 counties below. Philadelphia county has the highest poverty rate and the lowest median income.
State County Name All Ages in Poverty % Median Household Income
United States 15.8 $52,250
Pennsylvania 13.7 $52,005
Adams County 9.5 $57,725
Allegheny County 13.5 $51,400
Armstrong County 14.7 $42,927
Beaver County 11.3 $49,215
Bedford County 13.5 $48,003
Berks County 14.0 $55,634
Blair County 16.2 $41,756
Bradford County 13.5 $49,117
Bucks County 6.4 $73,662
Butler County 9.4 $58,430
Cambria County 16.2 $40,930
Cameron County 14.6 $37,891
Carbon County 14.1 $44,338
Centre County 18.4 $52,559
Chester County 7.0 $83,775
Clarion County 18.7 $40,043
Clearfield County 16.5 $39,912
Clinton County 14.2 $44,887
Columbia County 17.1 $45,564
Crawford County 14.4 $43,793
Cumberland County 8.6 $60,134
Dauphin County 13.8 $53,480
Delaware County 10.9 $64,186
Elk County 9.8 $46,388
Erie County 17.9 $44,223
Fayette County 19.2 $37,929
Forest County 24.5 $38,087
Franklin County 11.8 $53,913
Fulton County 12.5 $46,032
Greene County 16.3 $45,156
Huntingdon County 14.8 $42,479
Indiana County 14.7 $44,504
Jefferson County 15.5 $41,637
Juniata County 11.8 $46,183
Lackawanna County 14.8 $44,926
Lancaster County 10.5 $56,766
Lawrence County 13.8 $43,199
Lebanon County 11.2 $54,952
Lehigh County 14.2 $53,722
Luzerne County 16.1 $44,734
Lycoming County 14.0 $46,663
Mc Kean County 19.0 $41,653
Mercer County 14.1 $43,936
Mifflin County 14.5 $42,567
Monroe County 12.0 $55,273
Montgomery County 6.8 $77,021
Montour County 10.3 $53,329
Northampton Count 10.1 $59,605
Northumberland Co 14.7 $41,078
Perry County 10.2 $56,544
Philadelphia Coun 26.0 $36,918
Pike County 10.4 $60,168
Potter County 15.4 $39,781
Schuylkill County 13.6 $41,514
Snyder County 12.0 $45,558
Somerset County 12.7 $42,712
Sullivan County 14.3 $41,668
Susquehanna Count 14.4 $49,244
Tioga County 13.2 $45,052
Union County 13.5 $49,488
Venango County 15.8 $41,736
Warren County 14.2 $42,043
Washington County 10.9 $54,919
Wayne County 11.8 $45,807
Westmoreland Coun 10.7 $51,412
Wyoming County 11.3 $47,012
York County 10.8 $56,963

**Update**

This post was cited in Pittsburgh's local NPR station's website.

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