Spotlight: Women and Poverty
Women in Poverty
Poverty Rate by Race and Ethnicity
Distribution of Women in Poverty by Race and Ethnicity
Women as Share of Residents in Poverty by Age
Women make up a rapidly growing share of county residents in poverty between the ages of 18 and 35 (i.e. women in the primary childbearing years). Among older women, the number spikes as well. This spike is due, in part, to a larger share of older female residents living in poverty because of longer lifespans, widowhood, and more limited fixed incomes.
Differences by Family Type
Families headed by a woman without a husband present are five times more likely than married couples to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as food stamps). In fact, while there are five times as many married couple families in the county, families headed by a woman without a husband actually account for more SNAP recipients (8,400 vs. 7,200).