Map of Illinois' Poverty Rates. Submitted Photo.
Marion County Poverty Rate High, County on Poverty Watch
The Marion County poverty rate is 16.5-percent, 1.5-percent above the state rate. According to the report, 3,350 people were considered in poverty in the county. The child poverty rate is 26.6-percent, compared to the state average of 19.4-percent. Median household income in the county is $38,182, lower than the state average of $52,967. The county is ranked 9th in the state for unemployment, with jobless claims at 3,464.
Marion County is on a poverty watch, meaning the county received a score of a four or five on the well-being index and will be monitored closely. 36-counties out of Illinois' 102 counties are on the watch or warning list. The warning means the county received a score of six or above on the well-being index and needs to take corrective action.
Illinois counties with the highest poverty rate include Jackson County at 33.7-percent, Alexander County at 31.3-percent, and Champaign County at 23.4-percent. Jefferson County and Wayne County are also on poverty watch, with Clay County on a poverty warning.
For more information on Illinois' poverty rates, visit www.ilpovertyreport.org.
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