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People and Families in Poverty by Selected Characteristics, 2006 and 2005

Characteristic 2006 2005
Number (thousands) Percent1 Number (thousands) Percent1
INDIVIDUALS        
Total 36,460 12.3% 36,950 12.6%
Family status        
In families 25,915 10.6 26,068 10.8
Householder 7,668 9.8 7,657 9.9
Related children under 18 12,299 16.9 12,335 17.1
Related children under 6 4,830 20.0 4,784 20.0
In unrelated subfamilies 567 41.5 456 37.4
Reference person 229 40.4 181 35.9
Children under 18 323 44.9 270 39.7
Unrelated individual 9,977 20.0 10,425 21.1
Male 4,388 17.8 4,315 17.9
Female 5,589 22.2 6,111 24.1
Race2 and Hispanic origin
White 24,416 10.3 24,872 10.6
Non-Hispanic 16,013 8.2 16,227 8.3
Black 9,048 24.3 9,168 24.9
Asian 1,353 10.3 1,402 11.1
Hispanic3 9,243 20.6 9,368 21.8
Age        
Under 18 12,827 17.4 12,896 17.6
18–64 20,239 10.8 20,450 11.1
65 and over 3,394 9.4 3,603 10.1
Nativity        
Native 30,790 11.9 31,080 12.1
Foreign born 5,670 15.2 5,870 16.5
Naturalized citizen 1,345 9.3 1,441 10.4
Not a citizen 4,324 19.0 4,429 20.4
Region        
Northeast 6,222 11.5 6,103 11.3
Midwest 7,324 11.2 7,419 11.4
South 14,882 13.8 14,854 14.0
West 8,032 11.6 8,573 12.6
Work experience        
All workers (16 years and older) 9,181 5.8 9,340 6.0
Worked full-time, year-round. 2,906 2.7 2,894 2.8
Not full-time, year-round 6,275 12.6 6,446 12.8
Did not work at least one week 15,715 21.1 16,041 21.8
FAMILIES        
Total 7,668 9.8 7,657 9.9
Type of Family        
Married couple 2,910 4.9 2,944 5.1
Female householder, no
husband present
4,087 28.3 4,044 28.7
Male householder, no
wife present
671 13.2 669 13.0
1. Percentage of total population.
2. Data for American Indians and Alaska Natives are not shown separately.
3. Hispanics may be of any race.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2006.

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