Currently in the US, according to the United States Census Bureau, approximately 15.4 percent of individuals fall below poverty level, in California, the figure stands at 16.8 percent and the rate stands at 21.8 percent in Stanislaus County.
According to most recent 2014 reports on poverty levels in 2013, the median household income stood at $51,939 in 2013, which was not technically statistically different from the 2012 median, but is 8 percent lower than pre-recession levels in 2007 where the median was $56,436. The 2013 figure is 8.7 percent lower than the 1999 peak in median household income where averages were at $56,895 annually.
According to the 2013 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE), the median income in Stanislaus County stands at $47,808 with the California average higher than the national median household income at $60,185. Median household incomes, in some counties are nearly double, like that of Marin County, where the median household income is $94,347 annually, and Santa Clara County it is $91,843 according to the same numbers.
According to recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the poverty rate for school-age children had no statistical change in 2,199 counties between 2007 and 2013 while 928 counties had an increase, and 15 a decline.
The findings show there were large concentrations in the South and West of the 972 counties with poverty rates above the 20.8 percent national average for school-age children.
In New Mexico and Mississippi, over 80 percent of counties had poverty rates statistically greater than the national rate. Of note, 15 percent of school districts across the United State had poverty rates upwards of 30 percent for school-age children.
The Turlock Unified School District had a total population of 82,683 individuals residing in the district – approximately 14,554 were school-age between 5 and 17 – with 3,791 families living in poverty in 2013, according to SAIPE.
“County school-age child poverty rates are still above their prerecession levels in metropolitan areas of California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, as well as the coastal areas of the Northeast and Great Lakes states,” said Wesley Basel of the Census Bureau’s Small Area Estimates Branch.
Often, these statistics are used by state and local programs as means of deciding how to distribute funds and manage school programs.”