Stanislaus County income plummets, poverty rates rise

Incomes plummeted 8 percent and poverty rates jumped 20 percent last year in Stanislaus County, Census statistics released this morning show.

Stanislaus residents per capita earned only $20,430 in 2009, which was significantly less than the county’s income level in 2008, 2007 or 2006.

Median family incomes also dropped, falling to just $55,187. That’s several thousand dollars lower than what it was in 2008 or 2007.

Stanislaus’ poverty rate also hit what may be modern high: 17 percent of residents lived below the poverty line in 2009. The county’s poverty rate ranged from 12.9-to-14.5 percent from 2002 to 2008, so last year’s increase was dramatic.

Nationwide the poverty rate was 14.3 percent last year.

The new income statistics are from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The 2009 data was released this morning. Thousands of demographic statistics were made public for the nation’s largest cities and counties.

A broad sampling of that data — including charts — for Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties and Modesto, Turlock, Manteca and Merced city will be published in Wednesday’s Modesto Bee.