Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Poverty Rates in Whatcom County

The  print version of the Wall Street Journal featured an article with a U.S. county map shaded by poverty rates. The data came from the Census ACS 2008 survey.  Whatcom County was the (only) dark spot in the top left corner of Puget Sound, which meant we are the only county in Puget Sound to have a poverty rate over 14.1%. The official data for Whatcom County can be found here.   A screenshot of poverty rates in Whatcom County from the 2008 ACS data, with some math added by me, is below.  28,205 out of the 192,289 (14.67%) of us in Whatcom County live in poverty for 2008.

We are the dark spot in the top left corner.

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