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Important Facts for Poverty

Definition

The percentage of persons living in households whose income is at or below the federal poverty level.

Numerator

Number of individuals living in poverty

Denominator

Total population

Data Interpretation Issues

Model-based estimates of poverty may differ from the "true" prevalence of poverty in the population. 90% confidence intervals are provided that take this error into account and present a range in which the "true value" is likely to fall.

For more information on how to interpret confidence intervals, please see: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/champ/technical.html

Why Is This Important?

"In general, increasing income levels correspond with gains in health and health outcomes, especially at the lower end of the income scale. People in poverty have the worst health, compared to people at higher income levels. For example, compared with their counterparts, poor adults are more likely to have chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, and poor children are more likely to be in poor or fair health." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020

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