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Director
Barry Dussť

Tel: (225) 342-7005
Fax: (225) 342-7220
Email: Barry.Dusse@la.gov

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 94095
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9095

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Poverty Status

The 1990 Census defines a person as poor if his or her income fell below $6,310 in 1989. The average poverty threshold for a family of four persons was 12,674 in 1989. In Louisiana, the percentage of persons below poverty rose from 18.6% in 1980 to 23.6% in 1989. The percentage of families below poverty rose from 15.1% to 19.4% over that same period. Nationally, the poverty rate for persons was 13.1% in 1989. Poverty Status of Persons in Louisiana, 1989 The percentage of persons 65 and over who were below poverty fell from 27.7% in 1979 to 24.1% in 1989. The average poverty threshold for one person in this age group was $5,947 in 1989. The 1989 poverty rate for related children under 18 years was 31.2% in Louisiana, 17.9% nationally. Female householder families made up almost half of all families in poverty in Louisiana in 1989. Approximately 60% of households headed by females with children under 18 were below poverty level. Both these percentages represent increases from 1980. Louisiana Families Below Poverty, 1990 Percent of Louisiana Families Living Below Poverty Level, 1980-1990 Thirty-nine of the state's sixty-four parishes had at least one-fourth of their residents living below poverty level in 1989. Slightly over half of all persons in East Carroll parish were living below poverty level. This compares to 13.7% of all persons below poverty level in St. Tammany parish. Percent of Persons Below Poverty Level, by Parish, 1989 Louisiana's percentage of persons below poverty level in 1989 is above the southern average of 16.6%. Percent of Persons Below Poverty Level, Southern Region, 1989

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