Why Would the County with the Highest Median Household Income
and Lowest Poverty Rate in Indiana Need a Non-Food Pantry?
Poverty rate refers to the number of people, expressed as a percentage of the
total population, in a given location or demographic group whose income falls below the applicable threshold set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services and adjusted by the U.S. Census Bureau to represent the minimum income required to meet a person or family’s basic food and shelter needs
without regard for geographic cost-of-living variations.
40 hours a week x $7.25 minimum wage
Barely enough for 1 adult.
NOT enough for an adult with just 1 child.
362,047 - 2022 Hamilton Cty Population
x 4.39% - 2022 Hamilton Cty Poverty Rate
= 15,854 - People
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But more than enough for 2 adults earning minimum wage + 2 children.
Or is it?
Living wage thresholds are set by analysts to represent the minimum income required to meet a person or family’s basic food, shelter, clothing, hygiene, and cleaning needs as well as childcare, health care/ insurance, transportation, and tax expenses based on geographically specific cost-of-living data.