Louisiana Poverty Rate by County

Data Item State
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People of all ages in poverty - percent, 2006-2010 - (Percent)
County Value
Acadia Parish 20.1
Allen Parish 17.4
Ascension Parish 11.7
Assumption Parish 17.7
Avoyelles Parish 23.2
Beauregard Parish 13.2
Bienville Parish 26.6
Bossier Parish 13.4
Caddo Parish 20.4
Calcasieu Parish 16.2
Caldwell Parish 21.9
Cameron Parish 11.6
Catahoula Parish 24.6
Claiborne Parish 26.8
Concordia Parish 30.8
De Soto Parish 20.3
East Baton Rouge Parish 18.4
East Carroll Parish 40.8
East Feliciana Parish 21.3
Evangeline Parish 22.1
Franklin Parish 29.3
Grant Parish 16.1
Iberia Parish 21.2
Iberville Parish 17.7
Jackson Parish 15.6
Jefferson Davis Parish 16.0
Jefferson Parish 14.2
La Salle Parish 13.0
Lafayette Parish 16.4
Lafourche Parish 15.6
Lincoln Parish 26.4
Livingston Parish 11.4
Madison Parish 33.6
Morehouse Parish 27.4
Natchitoches Parish 28.6
Orleans Parish 24.4
Ouachita Parish 21.0
Plaquemines Parish 11.6
Pointe Coupee Parish 20.2
Rapides Parish 18.1
Red River Parish 21.5
Richland Parish 20.3
Sabine Parish 20.7
St. Bernard Parish 15.0
St. Charles Parish 12.5
St. Helena Parish 23.1
St. James Parish 13.6
St. John the Baptist Parish 15.5
St. Landry Parish 28.3
St. Martin Parish 16.9
St. Mary Parish 21.0
St. Tammany Parish 9.4
Tangipahoa Parish 22.5
Tensas Parish 32.4
Terrebonne Parish 17.4
Union Parish 22.0
Vermilion Parish 17.2
Vernon Parish 15.0
Washington Parish 26.1
Webster Parish 21.5
West Baton Rouge Parish 16.0
West Carroll Parish 23.0
West Feliciana Parish 13.0
Winn Parish 23.7

Value for Louisiana (Percent): 18.1%

Data item: People of all ages in poverty - percent, 2006-2010

Source: U. S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates. Updated every year. http://factfinder2.census.gov


Poverty statistics in ACS products adhere to the standards specified by the Office of Management and Budget in Statistical Policy Directive 14. The Census Bureau uses a set of dollar value thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who is in poverty. Further, poverty thresholds for people living alone or with nonrelatives (unrelated individuals) vary by age (under 65 years or 65 years and older). The poverty thresholds for two-person families also vary by the age of the householder. If a family's total income is less than the dollar value of the appropriate threshold, then that family and every individual in it are considered to be in poverty. Similarly, if an unrelated individual's total income is less than the appropriate threshold, then that individual is considered to be in poverty.

How the Census Bureau Determines Poverty Status

Poverty status is determined by comparing annual income to a set of dollar values called poverty thresholds that vary by family size, number of children and age of householder. If a family's before tax money income is less than the dollar value of their threshold, then that family and every individual in it are considered to be in poverty. For people not living in families, poverty status is determined by comparing the individual's income to his or her poverty threshold.

The poverty thresholds are updated annually to allow for changes in the cost of living using the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U). They do not vary geographically. The ACS is a continuous survey and people respond throughout the year. Since income is reported for the previous 12 months, the appropriate poverty threshold for each family is determined by multiplying the base-year poverty threshold (1982) by the average of monthly CPI values for the 12 months preceding the survey month.

Scope and Methodology:

These data are collected in the American Community Survey (ACS). The data are estimates and are subject to sampling variability. The data for each geographic area are presented together with margins of error at factfinder2.census.gov. The data are period estimates, that is, they represent the characteristics of the population over a specific 60-month data collection period.

Since answers to income questions are frequently based on memory and not on records, many people tended to forget minor or sporadic sources of income and, therefore, underreport their income. Underreporting tends to be more pronounced for income sources that are not derived from earnings, such as public assistance, interest, dividends, and net rental income.

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