LCSN: Doña Ana County poverty rate exceeds national average

September 30, 2009. Retrieved online September 30, 2009 from Steve Ramirez, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES – Doña Ana County’s poverty rate remains notably higher than the U.S. average, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to the Bureau’s American Community Survey, which gathers information from 3 million households, 17.1 percent of the county’s estimated 201,603 residents – or 34,474 people – are living in poverty. The current U.S. poverty rate is 13.2 percent, the highest it’s been in 11 years.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the standard for a person living at or below the poverty level is $10,830 or less in earnings this year. For a family of four, that number is $22,050.

Associated with the poverty rate, Census Bureau data also shows that 11 percent of county residents are receiving food stamps. That is a slight drop from last year’s estimates when 12 percent of residents were reportedly living off of food stamps.”

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