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Health Indicator Report of Utah Population Characteristics: Poverty, All Persons

Poverty takes into account both income and family size, and has both immediate and long-lasting effects on health. Income provides an assessment of the financial resources available to individual persons or families for basic necessities (e.g., food, clothing, and health care) to maintain or improve their well-being. Persons living in poverty are worse off than persons in more affluent households for many of the indicators tracked by the Utah Department of Health.

Percentage of Persons Living in Poverty by Race and Sex, Utah 2000


Hispanic persons may be of any race. Persons in race categories are only those who selected a single race. 2000 decennial census data refer to the previous calendar year (1999). In 1999, the U.S. Census Bureau poverty threshold was $16,700 for a family of four. Currently, poverty information for race by sex is not available beyond the 2000 decennial census. The American Community Survey (ACS) is poised to produce its first ever data products for all areas in the United States. In the future, data for this indicator will be based on these new 5-year estimates. 5-year estimates are scheduled to be released in December of 2010. These 5-year estimates are based on data collected from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2009. Data will be available for every state, county, city, town, and place, as well as for census tracts and block groups.

Data Source

U.S. Bureau of the Census

Data Interpretation Issues

Poverty status is determined by comparing annual income to a set of dollar values called thresholds that vary by family size, number of children, and age of householder. If a family's before tax money income is less than the dollar value of their threshold, then that family and every individual in it are considered to be in poverty. For people not living in families, poverty status is determined by comparing the individual's income to his or her threshold. The poverty threshold for a family of four including two children was $23,550 in 2013. Poverty thresholds are updated annually to allow for changes in the cost of living using the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). They do not vary geographically.


The percentage of persons living in households whose income is at or below the federal poverty threshold.


Estimated number of persons living in households whose income is at or below the federal poverty threshold as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Estimated number of persons in the population.

Healthy People Objective SDOH-3.1:

Proportion of persons living in poverty
U.S. Target: Not applicable

Other Objectives

CSTE Chronic Disease Indicator - Poverty

How Are We Doing?

According to the American Community Survey (ACS), approximately 12.7% of Utah residents, or 361,000 Utahns, were living in poverty in 2013. This includes 130,300 children aged 17 and under.

What Is Being Done?

Health care "safety net" programs, such as Medicaid, CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Plan), and the Primary Care Network (PCN) provide some relief to those who are eligible. Utah's community health centers also fill a critical niche in providing high-quality health care services to Utahns of any income level. Programs such as Head Start and those that provide assistance linking people with jobs aim to reduce poverty by increasing social functioning and self-sufficiency. Other programs, such as minimum wage requirements, food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and government subsidized health insurance and child care, provide assistance to families needing additional support.

Available Services

Utah Department of Workforce Services P.O. Box 45249 Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0249 Phone: (801) 526-WORK (9675) Fax: (801) 526-9211 Email:
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