Poverty In Adams County Continues to Be A Chronic Problem

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Adams County continues to have chronically high poverty among children and adults.  Living in poverty means an income of no more than $25,465 for a family of four – two adults and two children in a household.  For a single parent with two children, it’s $20,231.  

The data comes from the Census Bureau’s five-year American Community Survey, taken from 2014 through 2018 and was released last month.  

In Adams County, nearly 23% of adults are living in poverty, but child poverty in Adams County hit 30% in the data.  The county is eighth in the state for the highest numbers of children living in poverty.  The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year – giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services.  The ACS covers a broad range of topics about social, economic, demographic, and housing characteristics of the population.  

Several counties locally reported having higher poverty rates, including: Scioto, Meigs, and Vinton Counties.  Pike County came in slightly lower than Adams.

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