Originally Posted by mnp8nt
Percent of People Below Poverty Level in the Past 12 Months (111th Congress)
District 6 6.7%
District 1 10.8%
District 3 5.7%
District 4 12.8%
District 5 16.6%
District 7 11.7%
District 8 12.4%
Source: ACS 2005-2009
Not sure where your getting your data from. St. Cloud is no worse off then any of the other regional centers.
US Census State & County QuickFacts- Minnesota
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009
St. Cloud Area:
Benton County 12.2%
Stearns County 12.9%
Other Counties of Similar Sized Stastical Areas
St. Louis County 16.4%
Norman County 14.0%
Blue Earth County 17.5%
Crow Wing County 14.3%
Minnesota Average 10.9%
Ha I knew that statistic was BS. If your refering to the OSU report it is wrong and based on the 1990/2000 Census Data. Also if you are refering to city-data.com that site is less accurate then either the ACS or the Census Bureau. The St. Cloud area has a very little
worse then (Minnesota) average poverty rate from 1990-2009 NOT
double. </end rant>
I agree that Bachmann is a volatile leader.
You're right with your statistics, and I realized that I made an error by not quoting the right demographic in my original post. I had been basing my numbers on families with children from this article that I had originally read in the St. Cloud Times (you can't get the original link on their website anymore, but here's a copy below). I didn't get a chance to proofread my post and I messed it up. My apologies.
Here's the most relevant quote:
"Sept. 29--New data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau show the struggling economy is pushing a growing number of St. Cloud families into poverty.
The American Community Survey estimates show 31.6 percent -- nearly one-third -- of St. Cloud families with related children under 18 years had an income below the poverty level in 2009.
That's substantially higher than the number of Minnesota families with children in poverty, 12 percent, and nearly double the national figure of 17 percent."
Also, beware lumping District 6 together. It is one of the most oddly-drawn districts I have ever seen. It includes St. Cloud, which is a fast-growing but poor area while simultaneously including the extremely wealth Western suburbs of the Twin Cities and
the extremely wealthy Eastern suburbs like Stillwater, Dellwood, etc. Trying to interpret anything statistically meaningful for the district as a whole is an exercise in futility.