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Poverty Remains Persistent Problem in Monroe County

Census data shows 15 percent of residents live in poverty.
Poverty remains a persistent problem in the Rochester area, according to census numbers measuring 2012 that were released Thursday.

Fifteen percent of all people in Monroe County lived in poverty in 2012. That's on par with the national average. The Monroe County rate is down slightly from 16.7 percent in 2011, but still higher than the 13.1 percent who lived in poverty in 2008.

In the City of Rochester, the poverty rate in 2012 was 31.6 percent. That's down from 35.5 percent in 2011, but higher than the 29.3 percent record in 2008.

Families are struggling. In Monroe County, 19.7 percent of families with children under 18 lived in poverty in 2012. The rate jumps for households headed by women to 41.9 percent. In the city, 43.9 percent of all families with children live in poverty.

In Monroe County, 22.6 percent of children lived in in poverty in 2012. That's down from 24.8 percent in 2011. In Rochester, 49 percent of children lived in poverty, down from 53.9 percent in 2011.

Fourteen percent of households in Monroe County receive food stamps. 

The median household income in 2012 in Monroe County went up 1 percent from 2011 to $50,733. The median income in 2008 in Monroe County was $51,762. The national median income in 2012 was $51,017.

Nearly 50,000 people - 6.7 percent - in Monroe County have no health insurance.
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