The Issue

Understanding How Poverty Affects Our Community

  • The U.S. Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who is in poverty. If a family’s total income is less than the family’s threshold, then that family and every individual in it is considered in poverty.


    Did you know?

    • Before entering kindergarten, the average cognitive scores of children from high socio-economic status (SES) is 60% higher than children from low SES
    • At age 4, children in poverty are 18 months below what is normal for their age group (cognitive levels)
    • Children from middle-income, well-educated families know about 12,000 words in 3rd grade. Children in poverty know about 4,000 words. 


    Take a look at what this means for our community:

  • Poverty in Our Schools

  • Income and Poverty in Tuscaloosa

  • Effects of Poverty on Children (Klein & Knitzer, 2007)

  • Types of Poverty (Jensen, 2009)

  • Adding the Gap