Why Does the County with Indiana’s Highest Median
Household Income and Lowest Poverty Rate
Need a Non-Food Pantry?
Because owning the least expensive house in an expensive neighborhood is good but having the lowest income in a high-income county is not.
"Poverty rate" refers to the number of people in a specified population whose income falls below their applicable minimum.
362,047 2022 Hamilton Cty Population
x 4.39% 2022 Hamilton Cty Poverty Rate
=15,854 People That Live* in Hamilton Cty
40 hours a week x $7.25 minimum wage
Barely enough for 1 adult.
NOT enough for an adult with just 1 child.
Poverty thresholds are set by the U.S. government 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.
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.
*Estimated based on 2020 Census data, which does not count homeless, incarcerated, or transient persons.
**Comparative measure of how expensive it is to live in a particular place at a particular time where 100 represents the average.