Why Does the County with Indiana’s Highest Median
Household Income and Lowest Poverty Rate
Need a Non-Food Pantry?
Let’s start with the poverty rate:
Poverty thresholds are set by the U.S. government to indicate the least amount of income a person or family needs to meet their basic needs.
Poverty rate refers to the number of people in a specified population whose income falls below their applicable minimum.
40 hours a week
x $7.25 minimum wage
Barely enough for a single person, NOT enough for a single parent with 1 child
2022 Hamilton Cty Population*
362,047 x 4.39%
2022 Hamilton Cty Poverty Rate**
= 15,854 PEOPLE
*Estimated based on 2020 Census data. **Census data does not include homeless, incarcerated, or transient persons
because Census forms and workers
are only sent to residential addresses.