Racism's Toll: Report on Illinois Poverty

Mason County

Population: 
13,898
Well-Being Index Score: 
4 out of 8 Possible Points
List Status: 
Watch List

Well-Being Index

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
High School Graduation Rate, 2014-2015 academic year 1 88.6% 85.6% 4.9 pts

2013-2014

-0.4 pts

2013-2014

Teen Births (live births per 1,000 women ages 15-19), 2012 2 39.1 28.3 -12.2 pts

2011

-1.6 pts

2011

Unemployment Rate, Oct 2015 3 6.9% 5.3% -0.1 pts

Oct 2014

-0.7 pts

Oct 2014

Poverty Rate, 2014 4 14.8% 14.3% 0.8 pts

2013

-0.3 pts

2013

Poverty & Income

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Child Poverty Rate, 2014 4 20.3% 20.1% -2.4 pts

2013

-0.5 pts

2013

Number of People in Poverty, 2014 4 2,014 1,802,337 55

2013

-39,659

2013

Median Household Income, 2014 5 $46,878 $57,458 1.2%

2013

0.6%

2013

BESTTM Annual Wage for a One Parent Family with a Preschooler and Schoolage Child, 2014 6 $61,271 $74,671 -

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Average Amount Poor Families' Incomes Falls Below the Poverty Line (i.e., mean income deficit), 2010-2014 7 $8,701 $9,637 -

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Employment

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Number of Unemployed Individuals, Oct 2015 3 464 349,804 0.0%

Oct 2014

-11.4%

Oct 2014

Rank by Unemployment Rate (1=highest, 102=lowest), Oct 2015 3 14 - -

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Unemployment Rate, Oct 2015 3 6.9% 5.3% -0.1 pts

Oct 2014

-0.7 pts

Oct 2014

Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims, 2014 8 1,039 598,751 -37.4%

2013

-12.8%

2013

Education

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
High School Graduation Rate for Low-Income Students, 2014-2015 academic year 1 84.7% 77.9% 7.6 pts

2013-2014

-0.6 pts

2013-2014

Funded Head Start Enrollment, 2013 fiscal year 9 52 36,633 -

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Head Start Sites, 2013 fiscal year 9 2 642 -

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Average ACT Composite Score, 2014-2015 academic year 10 18.7 20.5 -

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Percent Meeting or Exceeding Standards on the PARCC English Language Arts, 2014-2015 academic year 10 28.1% 36.6% -

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Percent Meeting or Exceeding Standards on the PARCC Math, 2014-2015 academic year 10 21.1% 26.5% -

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Housing

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Percent Severely Rent-Burdened Households, 2010-2014 7 17.7% 25.1% -

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Renters as a Percent of Total Households, 2010-2014 7 24% 33.1% -

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2-Bedroom Housing Wage as a Percent of IL Minimum Wage, 2015 11 147% 228% -

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Estimated Mean Renter Hourly Wage, 2015 11 $7.24 $14.90 -

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Fair Market Rent (FMR) for 2-Bedroom Apartment, 2015 11 $631 $977 -

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Monthly Rent Affordable at Mean Renter Wage, 2015 11 $503 $838 -

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Wage Needed to Afford 2-Bedroom Apartment at FMR, 2015 11 $12.13 $18.78 -

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Work Hours per Week at IL Minimum Wage to Afford 2-Bedroom at FMR, 2015 11 59 91 -

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Health & Nutrition

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Share of Families Receiving SNAP that have 1 or more Workers in Family, 2010-2014 7 74.4% 78.6% -

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Health Uninsured Rate, Non-Seniors, 2013 12 11.9% 14.6% -0.8 pts

2012

0.0 pts

2012

Percentage of Babies Born Low Birth Weight, 2013 13 7.1% 8.3% -

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Child Food Insecurity Rate, 2013 14 26.2% 20.8% 1.6 pts

2012

-0.8 pts

2012

Food Insecurity Rate, 2013 14 15% 13.6% 1.7 pts

2012

-0.6 pts

2012

Assets

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Homeownership Rate, 2010-2014 7 76% 66.9% -

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Liquid Asset Poverty, 2011 15 42.5% 38.3% -

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Asset Poverty, 2011 15 20.5% 23.5% -

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Percent of Population Age 25+ with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher, 2010-2014 7 13.3% 31.9% -

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Percent of Underbanked Households, 2013 15 18.8% 14.6% -

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Percent of Unbanked Households, 2013 15 4.7% 7.4% -

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There are a number of different data sources available for poverty estimates. The timeliest source availabe for estimates for all Illinois counties is the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Program, which is used here. For more information on the various sources of poverty estimates used for this project and how they differ, see the FAQs page.

At the time of release, all data were the most timely and accurate available.

Data Sources

1 Illinois State Board of Education's School Report Card Data, by County. On file with author.

2 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Estimates and Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Teen Births by County. Available at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/data-statistics/vital-statistics/birth-statistics.

3 Illinois Department of Employment Security's Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS). Available at http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Local_Area_Unemployment_Statistics.aspx (not seasonally adjusted)

4 The U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates. Available at http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/

5 The U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates. Available at http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/ (all values updated to the most recent year's dollars with the Consumer Price Index)

6 The Basic Economic Security Tables™ were tabulated in cooperation with the Social IMPACT Research Center, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), and by the Center for Social Development at Washington University—St. Louis as part of the national BEST™ Initiative led by WOW. On file with author. For a worker without workplace benefits.

7 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Program. Available at http://factfinder2.census.gov/

8 Illinois Department of Employment Security's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program Data. Available at http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Unemployment_Insurance_Program_Data.aspx

Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map's Search the IECAM Data Collection. Available at http://iecam.crc.uiuc.edu/cgi-bin/iecam/search.asp

10 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of Illinois State Board of Education's PARCC/ACT Performance Results. Available at http://www.isbe.net/assessment/report_card.htm (ACT scores are calculated out of possible 36 points)

11 National Low Income Housing Coalition's Out of Reach report. Available at http://nlihc.org/oor/

12 The U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Health Insurance Estimates. Available at http://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie/

13 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of Illinois Department of Public Health's Birth Characteristics by Resident County. Available at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/data-statistics/vital-statistics/birth-statistics/more-statistics

14 Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level. Available at http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/our-research/map-the-meal-gap/data-by-county-in-each-state.html

15 CFED. Assets and Opportunity local data center. Available at http://localdata.assetsandopportunity.org/map

We gratefully acknowledge The Chicago Community Trust and The Libra Foundation for their support of our poverty research, communications, and education efforts.