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Persistent Poverty Counties (County)

Source: USDA ERS County Classifications, Economic Research Service (Department of Agriculture)
Topic: Social WelfareSubtopic: Income AssistanceCategory: Poverty
Product: Local StatsDate Updated: June 2014Update Tips
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    * An update for this table was not available in the 2015 Edition released in December 2015. It will be updated once new data is released. For years prior to 2004, the ERS only classified nonmetro counties by their economic specialization and policy-relevant type.

    Years Available: 1979, 1990, 2004, 2013

    Permanent Link: http://data.sagepub.com/sagestats/7052

    General Notes: **Counties with a "1" are designated as a Persistent Poverty County. For 2013 a county was classified as persistent poverty if 20 percent or more of its residents were poor as measured by the 1980, 1990, and 2000 decennial censuses and the American Community Survey 5-year estimates for 2007-2011. For year 2004 data, counties where 20 percent or more of residents were poor as measured by each of the last 4 censuses, 1970, 1980, 1990, and 2000. For years prior to 2004, the ERS only classified nonmetro counties by their economic specialization and policy-relevant type. For year 1990 data, persons with poverty-level income in the preceding year were 20 percent or more of the total population as measured by each of the last 4 censuses, 1960, 1970, 1980, and 1990. For 1979 data, nonmetro county ranking in the lowest per capita income quintile in 1950, 1959, 1969, and 1979.

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