The financial self-sufficiency of individuals and families is essential to achieving the values of American society. For complex reasons, this financial security is beyond the means of many in our community. This section attempts to gauge financial self-sufficiency by measuring average household income, degrees of poverty and individuals receiving various forms of public assistance.
As described in the Trends tab, average household incomes in our region have not kept pace with inflation. In addition, incomes vary greatly among our region's racial and ethnic groups, with African-American and Hispanic residents earning less and more likely to live in poverty. The number of emergency meals served and people living in poverty has increased.
Note: Please refer to "Resources" of this section for a detailed discussion of the definitions and meaning of poverty and financial self-sufficiency.
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