Washington County Poverty Statistics
The American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, publishes estimates each year on the population living below federal poverty level. The American Community Survey uses the federal poverty line threshold to determine poverty status for families and individuals.
Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample. For locations with populations under 60,000, the ACS is only available in 5-year estimates, rather than single-year periods. The 5-year estimates provide greater geographical granularity but a less granular time period.
How is poverty defined?
In 2018, the federal poverty income threshold was $25,465 for a family of four with two children, and $17,308 for a single parent of one child. If a family's total income is less than the corresponding threshold, then that family and every individual in it is considered in poverty. An individual is considered as in poverty if their income within the last 12 months was below poverty level.
Poverty is an extreme condition. The National Center for Children in Poverty reported that the level of income families typically require to make ends meet is nearly twice the federal poverty thresholds. While the poverty thresholds are adjusted each year based on inflation, they do not reflect regional differences in cost of living: the poverty thresholds are the same everywhere in the United States. The Census states: "Although the thresholds in some sense reflect a family’s needs, they are intended for use as a statistical yardstick, not as a complete description of what people and families need to live."
How many adults live in poverty in Washington County, Oregon?
Note: Please use the time slider beneath the charts to view data from different time periods.
How many children in Washington County, Oregon live in poverty?
How does poverty status intersect Washington County school enrollment?
How educated are Washington County adults living below poverty level?
How many Washington County residents living in poverty worked during the past year?
What languages are spoken by Washington County residents in poverty?
Indo-European languages include a huge swath of spoken languages, ranging from French to Farsi, along with the many languages spoken on the Indian subcontinent. (English and Spanish are also Indo-European languages, but are recorded in separate categories.)
Asian and Pacific Island languages include Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and languages spoken by indigenous people of Australia along with other Pacific cultures.
The Other language category includes Afro-Asiatic languages such as Arabic and Hebrew, as well as Native American languages.