Census study: rents highest for those who make the least
Data compiled from the "long form" samples of the 2000 Census have revealed new information about the ethnic and social makeup of Buena Vista County, and perhaps some new introspection in equity.
Buena Vista County, for example, is one of only five in the state to see an increase of 25 percent or more among children living in households under the poverty rate since 1989, according to ISU researcher Willis Goudy. By 1999, more than one in every 10 children in the county were poor.
Figures show apparent inequity in top wage levels for women, and family incomes for Hispanics and blacks far below the median for caucasian families.
Among the results:
* Population - The Census final count has now been set at 20,411 persons for Buena Vista County. Of these, 16,660 are listed as caucasian, 2,555 as Hispanic, 887 as Asian American, 97 as African American, 47 as Native American and 1,180 as some other or undetermined race.
* Family Income - Buena Vista County family incomes totaled almost $319 million as of 1999, with a median family income of $35,300 per year. Asians fared best on average. African-American and Hispanic families had the short end of the income stick. White families has a median of $35,400, Asians saw $51,200, Hispanics $29,762, Native Americans $25,625, and blacks only $11,731.
Of all BV County families, 739 took in less than $20,000 in 1999, while only 57 made more than $200,000.
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