Poor by Comparison: Report on Illinois Poverty

Mason County

Population: 
14,248
Well-Being Index Score: 
3 out of 8 Possible Points
List Status: 
Not on a List

Well-Being Index

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
High School Graduation Rate, 2013-2014 academic year 1 83.7% 86% -0.4% pts

2012-2013

3.7% pts

2012-2013

Teen Births (live births per 1,000 women ages 15-19), 2010 2 19 30.4 -8.8 pts

2009

2.5 pts

2009

Unemployment Rate, Oct 2014 3 7.5% 6.2% -3.3% pts

Oct 2013

-2.5% pts

Oct 2013

Poverty Rate, 2013 4 14% 14.6% -1.3% pts

2012

-0.1% pts

2012

Poverty & Income

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Child Poverty Rate, 2013 4 22.7% 20.6% 0.2% pts

2012

0% pts

2012

Number of People in Poverty, 2013 4 1,959 1,841,996 -189

2012

-5,375

2012

Median Household Income, 2013 5 $45,563 $56,212 -0.9%

2012

0.5%

2012

Bankruptcies per 1,000 People, 2013 6 3.37 5.05 0.8 pts

2012

-0.17 pts

2012

BESTTM Annual Wage for a One Parent Family with a Preschooler and Schoolage Child, 2013 7 $60,288 $73,472

Average Amount Poor Families' Income Falls Below the Poverty Line (i.e., mean income deficit), 2009-2013 8 $8,283 $9,487

Employment

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Number of Unemployed Individuals, Oct 2014 3 540 410,538 -30.9%

Oct 2013

-0.3%

Oct 2013

Rank by Unemployment Rate (1=highest, 102=lowest), Oct 2014 3 22

Unemployment Rate, Oct 2014 3 7.5% 6.2% -3.3% pts

Oct 2013

-2.5% pts

Oct 2013

Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims, 2013 9 1,661 686,587 24.4%

2012

-3.8%

2012

Average Quarterly Net Job Flow, 4th Qtr 2012 to 4th Qtr 2013 10 -15 28,108

Education

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
High School Graduation Rate for Low-Income Students, 2013-2014 academic year 1 77.1% 78.5% 3.1% pts

2012-2013

5.7% pts

2012-2013

Funded Head Start Enrollment, 2012 fiscal year 11 52 36,244 -3.7%

2011

-1.8%

2011

Percent Meeting or Exceeding Standards on the ISAT, 2013-2014 academic year 12 54.1% 58.2% -4.2% pts

2012-2013

-0.4% pts

2012-2013

Average ACT Composite Score, 2013-2014 academic year 13 19.6 19.8 0.2

2012-2013

0.1

2012-2013

Housing

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Percent Severely Rent-Burdened Households, 2009-2013 8 18.2% 25.2%

Renters as a Percent of Total Households, 2009-2013 8 22.6% 32.5%

2-Bedroom Housing Wage as a Percent of IL Minimum Wage, 2014 14 149% 210%

Estimate of Mean Renter Hourly Wage, 2014 14 $6.72 $14.40

Fair Market Rent (FMR) for 2-Bedroom Apartment, 2014 14 $637 $902

Monthly Rent Affordable at Mean Renter Wage, 2014 14 $350 $749

Wage Needed to Afford 2-Bedroom Apartment at FMR, 2014 14 $12.25 $17.34

Work Hours per Week at IL Minimum Wage to Afford 2-Bedroom at FMR, 2014 14 59 84

Health & Nutrition

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Share of Families Receiving SNAP that have 1 or more Workers in Family, 2009-2013 8 72.9% 78.2%

Health Uninsured Rate, Non-Seniors, 2012 15 12.7% 14.6% -0.2% pts

2011

-0.2% pts

2011

Percentage of Babies Born Low Birth Weight, 2010 16 7.9% 8.3%

Percent of Children Eligible for Free or Reduced-Price School Lunch, 2013-2014 academic year 17 57.1% 57.1% 8.5% pts

2012-2013

2.9% pts

2012-2013

Food Insecurity Rate, 2012 18 13.3% 14.2% 0.7% pts

2011

-1% pts

2011

Child Food Insecurity Rate, 2012 19 24.6% 21.6% 1% pts

2011

-1.1% pts

2011

Assets

County Value IL Value County Change IL Change
Homeownership Rate, 2009-2013 8 77.4% 67.5%

Liquid Asset Poverty, 2011 20 42.5% 38.3%

Percent of Population Age 25+ with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher, 2009-2013 8 14.2% 31.4%

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 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 School Report Card Data, by County. On file with author.

2 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2009 and 2010 Population Estimates and Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Teen Births by County 2009-2010. Available at http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/teen/teen0910.htm

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

4 The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 and 2013 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates. Available at http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/

5 The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 and 2013 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates. Available at http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/ (2012 data updated to 2013 dollars with the Consumer Price Index)

6 FDIC's Regional Economic Conditions, Personal Bankruptcy Filing Rate (per 1,000 population) Illinois. Available at http://www2.fdic.gov/RECON/ReconInternet/Index

7 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.

8 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Program. Available at http://factfinder2.census.gov/

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

10 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of Illinois Department of Employment Security's Local Employment Dynamics, LEHD State of Illinois County Reports - Quarterly Workforce Indicators. Available at http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Local_Employment_Dynamics.aspx

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

12 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of Illinois State Board of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 ISAT/PSAE/ACT Performance Results. Available at http://www.isbe.net/assessment/report_card.htm

13 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of Illinois State Board of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 ISAT/PSAE/ACT Performance Results. Available at http://www.isbe.net/assessment/report_card.htm (ACT scores are calculated out of possible 36 points)

14 National Low Income Housing Coalition's Out of Reach. Available at http://nlihc.org/oor/2014

15 The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 and 2011 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates. Available at http://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie/

16 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of Illinois Department of Public Health's Birth Characteristics by Resident County 2010. Available at http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/bdmd/birthchar_10.htm

17 Social IMPACT Research Center's analysis of Illinois State Board of Education's Free and Reduced Price Meal Eligibility Data. Available at http://isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/eligibility_listings.htm

18 Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap. Available at http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-...

19 Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap. Available at http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-...

20 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.