50 Years Later: Report on Illinois Poverty

Alexander County

Population: 
7,748
Well-Being Index Score: 
5 out of 8 Possible Points*
List Status: 
Watch List

Well-Being Index

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
High School Graduation Rate, 2012-2013 academic year 1 74.7% 82.3% 5.4% pts

2011-2012

0.0% pts

2011-2012

Teen Births (live births per 1,000 women ages 15-19), 2009 2 105.9 36.1 -12.1 pts

2008

2 pts

2008

Unemployment Rate, Oct 2013 3 10.5% 8.3% -0.9% pts

Oct 2012

0.0% pts

Oct 2012

Poverty Rate, 2012 4 32.9% 14.7% 1.6% pts

2011

-0.2% pts

2011

Poverty & Income

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Number of People in Poverty, 2012 4 2,385 1,847,371 25

2011

-24,113

2011

Child Poverty Rate, 2012 4 49.3% 20.6% 1.1% pts

2011

-0.7% pts

2011

Median Household Income, 2012 5 $28,933 $55,126 -0.6%

2011

1.4%

2011

Bankruptcies per 1,000 People, 2012 6 5.68 5.22 1.21 pts

2011

-0.28 pts

2011

BESTTM Annual Wage for a One Parent Family with a Preschooler and Schoolage Child, 2012 7 $53,784 $72,420

Average Amount Poor Families' Income Falls Below the Poverty Line (i.e., mean income deficit), 2008-2012 8 $10,349 $9,304

Employment

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Unemployment Rate, Oct 2013 3 10.5% 8.3% -0.9% pts

Oct 2012

0.0% pts

Oct 2012

Rank by Unemployment Rate (1=highest, 102=lowest), Oct 2013 3 6

Number of Unemployed Individuals, Oct 2013 3 292 -12% pts

Oct 2012

Oct 2012

Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims, 2012 9 320 713,382 -31.0%

2011

-1.3%

2011

Average Quarterly Net Job Flow, 4th Qtr 2011 to 4th Qtr 2012 10 -10 11,558

Education

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
High School Graduation Rate for Low-Income Students, 2012-2013 academic year 1 74.4% 72.8% 0% pts

2011-2012

0.0% pts

2011-2012

Funded Head Start Enrollment, 2011 fiscal year 11 105 36,908 0.0%

2010

-1.5%

2010

Percent Meeting or Exceeding Standards on the ISAT, 2012-2013 academic year 12 37.3% 58.8%

Average ACT Composite Score, 2012-2013 academic year 13 16.0 20.3 -1.8% pts

2011-2012

-0.3 pts

2011-2012

Housing

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Renters as a Percent of Total Households, 2008-2012 8 34.1% 32.0%

Percent Severely Rent-Burdened Households, 2008-2012 8 13.9% 25.2%

Fair Market Rent (FMR) for 2-Bedroom Apartment, 2013 14 $720 $885

Estimate of Mean Renter Hourly Wage, 2013 14 $6.65 $14.08

Monthly Rent Affordable at Mean Renter Wage, 2013 14 $346 $732

Wage Needed to Afford 2-Bedroom Apartment at FMR, 2013 14 $13.85 $17.02

2-Bedroom Housing Wage as a Percent of IL Minimum Wage, 2013 14 168% 206%

Work Hours per Week at IL Minimum Wage to Afford 2-Bedroom at FMR, 2013 14 67 82

Health & Nutrition

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Share of Families Receiving SNAP that have 1 or more Workers in Family, 2008-2012 8 72.4% 78.1%

Health Uninsured Rate, Non-Seniors, 2011 15 14.0% 14.8% 0.2% pts

2010

-0.8% pts

2010

Percentage of Babies Born Low Birth Weight, 2009 16 13.2% 8.4%

Percent of Children Eligible for Free or Reduced-Price School Lunch, 2012-2013 academic year 17 84.7% 54.2% -14.4% pts

2011-2012

0.6% pts

2011-2012

Food Insecurity Rate, 2011 18 21.6% 15.2% 1.2% pts

2010

0.2% pts

2010

Child Food Insecurity Rate, 2011 19 29.4% 22.7% 6.6% pts

2010

0.5

2010

Assets

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Homeownership Rate, 2008-2012 8 65.9% 68.0%

Percent of Consumers with Credit Scores Below 620, Jun 2012 20 38.1% 22.5%

Percent of Population Age 25+ with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher, 2008-2012 8 8.9% 31.1%

* The County Well-Being Index for 2014 has been calculated out of total of 7 points rather than 8 due to the delayed release of new teen birth data and should not be compared to other years.

There are a number of different data sources available for poverty estimates. The timeliest source availabe for estimates for all Illinois counties is the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Program, which is used here. For more information on the various sources of poverty estimates used for this project and how they differ, see the FAQs page.

At the time of release, all data were the most timely and accurate available.

Data Sources

1 Illinois State Board of Education's 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 School Report Card Data, by County. On file with author.

2 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2008 and 2009 Population Estimates and Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Teen Births by County 2008-2009. Available at http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/teen/teen0809.htm

3 Illinois Department of Employment Security's Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS). Available at http://lmi.ides.state.il.us/laus/lausmenu.htm (not seasonally adjusted)

4 The U.S. Census Bureau's 2011 and 2012 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates. Available at http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/

5 The U.S. Census Bureau's 2011 and 2012 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates. Available at http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/ (2011 data updated to 2012 dollars with the Consumer Price Index)

6 FDIC's Regional Economic Conditions, Personal Bankruptcy Filing Rate (per 1,000 population) Illinois. Available at http://www2.fdic.gov/RECON/ReconInternet/Index

7 The Basic Economic Security Tables™ were tabulated in cooperation with the Social IMPACT Research Center, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), and by the Center for Social Development at Washington University—St. Louis as part of the national BEST™ Initiative led by WOW. On file with author.

8 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Program. Available at http://factfinder2.census.gov/

Illinois Department of Employment Security's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program Data. Available at http://www.ides.illinois.gov/page.aspx?item=917

10 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of Illinois Department of Employment Security's Local Employment Dynamics, LEHD State of Illinois County Reports - Quarterly Workforce Indicators. Available at http://www.ides.illinois.gov/page.aspx?item=919

11 Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map's Search the IECAM Data Collection. Available at http://iecam.crc.uiuc.edu/cgi-bin/iecam/search.asp

12 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of Illinois State Board of Education's 2012-2013 ISAT/PSAE/ACT Performance Results. Available at http://www.isbe.net/assessment/report_card.htm

13 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of Illinois State Board of Education's 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 ISAT/PSAE/ACT Performance Results. Available at http://www.isbe.net/assessment/report_card.htm (ACT scores are calculated out of possible 36 points)

14 National Low Income Housing Coalition's Out of Reach 2013. Available at http://nlihc.org/oor/2013

15 The U.S. Census Bureau's 2011 and 2010 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates. Available at http://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie/

16 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of Illinois Department of Public Health's Birth Characteristics by Resident County 2009. Available at http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/bdmd/birthchar_09.htm

17 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of Illinois State Board of Education's Free and Reduced Price Meal Eligibility Data. Available at http://isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/eligibility_listings.htm

18 Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap 2012: Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level, by Gundersen, C., Waxman, E., Engelhard, E., Del Vecchio, T., Satoh, A., & Lopez-Betanzos, A. Available at http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx

19 Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap 2012: Child Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level, by Gundersen, C., Waxman, E., Engelhard, E., Del Vecchio, T., Satoh, A., & Lopez-Betanzos, A. Available at http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx

20 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of aggregate data provided by a large national credit bureau for a snapshot of credit and debt by region, dated June 2012. No individual or customer data were provided.

We gratefully acknowledge The Chicago Community Trust, Grand Victoria Foundation, and The Libra Foundation for their support of our poverty research, communications, and education efforts.