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Poverty Rate

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The number of Arizonans living in poverty is indisputably rising. However, the reported poverty rate varies by source. Given the relatively low population of many Arizona counties, there is signficant variability in reported statistics. Figures presented here are from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2006-10.

Data Source: 

 


United States Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2006-10

http://factfinder2.census.gov/main.html

 

iconShare of Children Below Age 18 Living in Poverty

How are we doing?

In 2010, Southern Arizona had a child poverty rate of 26%, comparable to that of the state yet higher than the national rate of 20%. Santa Cruz had the highest rate (44%) followed by Yuma (32%), Pima and Graham (25% and 26% respectively). Greenlee has consistantly had the lowest rate, which was just 17% in 2010. Since 2007, child poverty has increased in every county with Santa Cruz's rate increasing 14 points. The rate for Southern Arizona increased 4 points. NOTE: Single year rates for child poverty have a high margin of error. The spike in child poverty in Santa Cruz County, in particular, is likely to be revised downward in subsequent years.

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iconShare of Arizona Residents Living in Poverty

How are we doing?

In 2010, the Southern Arizona counties as a group had a poverty rate of 16%, on par with the state rate. Greenlee and Pinal counties had the lowest poverty rates at about 14%. Santa Cruz, Graham and Yuma counties had the highest rates of between 20%-25%. Between 2007 and 2010, Southern Arizona saw the poverty rate increase 2 points, while the state poverty rate increased 3 points.

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Data Source

 

United States Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2006-10

http://factfinder2.census.gov/main.html