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Subject: geographics
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: nealnb-ga
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Posted: 29 Aug 2006 17:19 PDT
Expires: 28 Sep 2006 17:19 PDT
Question ID: 760637
where do poor white people live in the United States?
Subject: Re: geographics
Answered By: easterangel-ga on 29 Aug 2006 19:55 PDT
Hi! Thanks for the question.

The top 10 states having more poor white people according to the
Census Bureau are the following.

1. California - 27,762
2. Texas - 18,838
3. Florida - 14,482
4. New York - 13,939
5. Pennsylvania - 10,588
6. Illinois - 9,923
7. Ohio - 9,680
8. Michigan - 8,101
9. New Jersey - 6,816
10. North Carolina - 6,299

If you are going to go by region, here are the numbers. The South has
more white people in poverty according to the Census Bureau.

1. South - 80,991
2. Midwest - 55,574
3. West - 55,061
4. Northeast - 43,804


I hope this would help you in your research. Before rating this
answer, please ask for a clarification if you have a question or if
you would need further information.
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Clarification of Answer by easterangel-ga on 30 Aug 2006 06:34 PDT
First of all I would like to thank barneca-ga for the correction that
the figures should be noted as in the thousands. Plus I have also
re-checked and it seems that  the comments are correct and that the
numbers are inaccurate but it is actually lower since it is indeed as
a count for all people as white and not just by income. So in this
case the numbers will again be lower.

The poverty threshold by the Census it seems at most $18,000 per
annual income. Different states have different income thresholds so
for the sake of simplicity and uniformity, I extended it up to less
than $20,000 a year.

(Numbers are in thousands)

1. California - 4638
2. Texas - 3736
3. Florida - 2361
4. New York -2329
5. Pennsylvania - 1544
6. Ohio - 1501
7. Illinois - 1287
8. Michigan - 1144
9. North Carolina - 1020
10. Arizona - 945

South - 14202
West - 9032
Midwest - 8315
Northeast - 6377

I hope this would be of help.

Request for Answer Clarification by nealnb-ga on 30 Aug 2006 08:20 PDT

Clarification of Answer by easterangel-ga on 30 Aug 2006 15:19 PDT
Hi nealnb!

Please take note of myoarin's comments that such a clarification
entails a very different question. In your original question above,
you just what to know where poor white people live so this is the
answer to the particular question.

Gooogle Answers researchers can only work on the original premise of
the original question since that is what the task at hand brings to

Thanks again.
Subject: Re: geographics
From: nelson-ga on 29 Aug 2006 18:51 PDT
trailer parks
Subject: Re: geographics
From: ansel001-ga on 29 Aug 2006 23:41 PDT

Your answer looks very low.  My gut instinct is that the number of
poor people in the United States should be a few million at least. 
And since whites greatly outnumber any other demographic, the number
of poor whites should be larger than the number of poor from any other
race, even if the percentage of poor whites is smaller.

How did you define poor?
Subject: Re: geographics
From: easterangel-ga on 29 Aug 2006 23:48 PDT
Hi ansel001-ga!

The definition of poor and the numbers came from the Census Bureau's
numbers so they are pretty tight I should say.

Subject: Re: geographics
From: czh-ga on 30 Aug 2006 02:53 PDT
Some general US poverty statistics.
Subject: Re: geographics
From: barneca-ga on 30 Aug 2006 03:31 PDT
ansel001 is correct.

easterangel, you misread the census table in two ways.  first, the
statistics you quote are, according to the table, "numbers in
thousands", so you're off by a factor of 1000.  second, you provided
the number of people in the "poverty universe", which is a little
fuzzy but seems to be, for your table, a rough count of all people
classified as white (i.e. people who could potentially be classified
as poor whites).  i'm not exactly clear on that, and i guess you will
want to clarify that before providing a final answer.

according to the table, for example, california in 2005 had 3,568,000
white people below the poverty level.

i have to ask, did you really believe there were only 235,500 poor
white people in the usa?  if nothing else, that makes you
extraordinarily optimistic...

Subject: Re: geographics
From: myoarin-ga on 30 Aug 2006 11:03 PDT
That seems to be quite a different question.
Despite a back of backing and filling on the numbers, it seems that
you have gotten an answer to your original question.
Researchers may suggest that you should post a new question for this information.

Either way, a definition of "region (or city)" would be useful  (would
county be adequate for region?), and: do you mean the poorest such
city/region with a white majority in comparison with all other
city/regions in the States, or just with those with a white majority?

I am not trying to be difficult, just to raise in advance a couple of
questions that your clarification brings up.

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