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Financial Security
Veterans Living in Poverty

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Veterans Living in Poverty

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What does this measure?

The estimated proportion of veterans with incomes below the poverty line. Poverty thresholds vary by family composition and year. In 2020, the threshold for one person was $13,171.

Why is this important?

The percentage of veterans living in poverty is a measure of the overall economic health of this population, and can indicate the level of need for social and government supports.

How does our county compare?

IIn 2016-20, 5% of veterans, or about 1,300 individuals, had incomes below the poverty line. That was lower than the rates at the state and national level, at 6% and 7% respectively. Because of relatively small populations of veterans in poverty in the region, rates are not reliable at some counties or the city level.

Notes about the data

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined three years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval).

The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Poverty status is not reported for people in institutions, including college dormitories and military barracks, and people in living situations without conventional housing. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Veterans Living in Poverty
2011-152016-20
Pennsylvania6%6%
Lancaster County6%5%
Lancaster City19%*10%**
Lancaster County Boroughs
Adamstown borough2%***0%***
Akron borough4%***0%***
Christiana borough6%***3%***
Columbia borough10%***11%***
Denver township3%***6%***
East Petersburg borough0%***6%***
Elizabethtown borough7%***9%***
Ephrata borough8%***8%***
Lititz borough14%***8%***
Manheim borough2%***0%***
Marietta borough16%***11%***
Millersville borough3%***2%***
Mount Joy borough0%***11%***
Mountville borough0%***25%***
New Holland borough3%***0%***
Quarryville borough12%***11%***
Strasburg borough5%***0%***
Terre Hill borough0%***0%***
Lancaster County Townships
Bart township6%***0%***
Brecknock township12%***0%***
Caernarvon township0%***0%***
Clay township4%***9%***
Colerain township7%***2%***
Conestoga township0%***3%***
Conoy township6%***4%***
Drumore township0%***0%***
Earl township0%***6%***
East Cocalico township3%***2%***
East Donegal township15%***0%***
East Drumore township10%***6%***
East Earl township0%***0%***
East Hempfield township5%***2%***
East Lampeter township2%***9%***
Eden township6%***10%***
Elizabeth township0%***0%***
Ephrata township2%***17%***
Fulton township19%***0%***
Lancaster township6%***5%***
Leacock township36%***0%***
Little Britain township5%***0%***
Manheim township2%***2%***
Manor township10%***12%***
Martic township5%***0%***
Mount Joy township8%***3%***
Paradise township5%***7%***
Penn township4%***0%***
Pequea township3%***0%***
Providence township4%***4%***
Rapho township5%***0%***
Sadsbury township3%***0%***
Salisbury township9%***11%***
Strasburg township7%***0%***
Upper Leacock township9%***0%***
Warwick township3%***2%***
West Cocalico township0%***4%***
West Donegal township2%***4%***
West Earl township4%***14%***
West Hempfield township5%***3%***
West Lampeter township1%***1%***
Berks County5%5%*
Chester County4%5%*
Cumberland County4%*3%**
Dauphin County5%*7%*
Lebanon County5%*5%**
York County5%5%*

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Veterans Living in Poverty
2011-152016-20
Pennsylvania54,57646,043
Lancaster County1,8771,286
Lancaster City381*155**
Lancaster County Boroughs
Adamstown borough3***0***
Akron borough8***0***
Christiana borough3***1***
Columbia borough75***81***
Denver township7***11***
East Petersburg borough0***17***
Elizabethtown borough53***56***
Ephrata borough84***56***
Lititz borough99***42***
Manheim borough6***0***
Marietta borough40***35***
Millersville borough11***6***
Mount Joy borough0***45***
Mountville borough0***56***
New Holland borough8***0***
Quarryville borough17***19***
Strasburg borough8***0***
Terre Hill borough0***0***
Lancaster County Townships
Bart township8***0***
Brecknock township37***0***
Caernarvon township0***0***
Clay township13***32***
Colerain township12***3***
Conestoga township1***10***
Conoy township12***9***
Drumore township0***0***
Earl township0***18***
East Cocalico township24***15***
East Donegal township62***0***
East Drumore township35***14***
East Earl township0***0***
East Hempfield township84***36***
East Lampeter township19***66***
Eden township5***6***
Elizabeth township0***0***
Ephrata township9***60***
Fulton township28***0***
Lancaster township65***51***
Leacock township49***0***
Little Britain township13***0***
Manheim township64***41***
Manor township150***115***
Martic township18***0***
Mount Joy township42***8***
Paradise township10***9***
Penn township30***0***
Pequea township10***0***
Providence township20***15***
Rapho township37***0***
Sadsbury township3***0***
Salisbury township26***50***
Strasburg township14***0***
Upper Leacock township32***0***
Warwick township43***23***
West Cocalico township0***11***
West Donegal township15***31***
West Earl township14***46***
West Hempfield township47***29***
West Lampeter township23***8***
Berks County1,2991,155*
Chester County1,0391,145*
Cumberland County891*450**
Dauphin County967*1,065*
Lebanon County493*472**
York County1,6711,309*

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




INDICATORS TREND
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance in Grade 11 English Not Applicable
Student Performance in Grade 11 Math Decreasing
Per-Student Spending Maintaining
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Decreasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
College Graduation Rates Decreasing
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Violent Crime Rate Maintaining
Incarceration Rate Decreasing
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population Density Increasing
Air Quality Increasing
Water Use Decreasing
Waterways Impaired by Pollution Not Applicable
Population by Age Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Workers by Occupation Not Applicable
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Employer Size Not Applicable
Change in Number of Businesses by Sector Increasing
Change in Total Agricultural Sales Increasing
Spending for Local Government Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Working Poor Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
Median Home Value Maintaining
Occupied Housing Units Maintaining
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Rent Maintaining
Cost of Renting Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Health Status Decreasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Mortality Rates Decreasing
Fatal Drug Overdoses Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Increasing
STEM Graduates Increasing
Science and Engineering Research and Development Maintaining
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable


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