Income

Household income increased dramatically in Pittsfield over the last decade but still lagged well behind the Illinois averages. Although the median household income increased 28% between 1990 and 2000 it was still only 62.5% of the Illinois average in 2000. Per capita income grew more dramatically (44.5%) and reached 72% of the Illinois average ($23,104) in 2000. These pattern are typical of rural Illinois where incomes lag the Illinois average and have tended to increase at a slower rate. One of the unfortunate outcomes of slow income growth are persistent poverty rates. Table 4.6 compares rates for 1990 and 2000. Between 1990 and 2000 several poverty indicators increased in Pittsfield. The most striking increases occurred for female headed households.

Table 4.5: Household Income Comparison
2000 1990
Less than $10,000 244 13.8% 385 20.9%
$10,000 to $14,999 200 11.3% 205 11.1%
$15,000 to $24,999 325 18.4% 416 22.6%
$25,000 to $34,999 215 12.2% 359 19.5%
$35,000 to $49,999 261 14.8% 321 17.5%
$50,000 to $74,999 403 22.8% 90 4.9%
$75,000 to $99,999 107 6.1% 50 2.7%
$100,000 to $149,999 6 0.3% 0.0%
$150,000 or more 4 0.2% 13 0.7%
Median household income (dollars) 29,129 22,837
Per capita income (dollars) 16,628 11,508
Source: 1990 and 2000 Census, US Bureau of the Census
Table 4.6: Poverty Rates 1990 and 2000
1990 2000
Families 7.1% 7.9%
With related children under 18 years 13.7% 12.5%
With related children under 5 years 25.7% 8.8%
Families with female householder, no husband present 16.7% 27.6%
With related children under 18 years 27.7% 44.6%
With related children under 5 years 58.3% 60.0%
Individuals 11.7% 12.3%
18 years and over 11.1% 11.3%
65 years and over 14.7% 10.4%
Source: 1990 and 2000 Census, US Bureau of the Census

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