U.S. Census Figures Show Poverty Rates on Island Fall Below State Average

U.S. Census Figures Show Poverty Rates on Island Fall Below State Average


Poverty rates on Martha's Vineyard are lower than the Massachusetts average, according to new statistics issued this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. But the Census numbers, when viewed in detail, paint a stark picture of a middle-class community where income still falls beneath state averages even as housing costs climb to crippling levels.

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Seasonal Population Is a Moving Target For Census Bureau
Sam Bungey

As a team of surveyors prepares to prep the Vineyard for the 2010 U.S. census, the dismal economy is adding bite to questions about accurately counting the transient Island population — since census numbers translate into government spending numbers.

The census provides a population snapshot of one day in April. It’s also a federal spending tool which the census bureau says accounts for some $300 billion in federal spending. Using census numbers, the government allocates spending for schools, roads, bridges, hospitals and other essential services.

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Latest Profile of Vineyard Found in Census Figures Merging Boom, Bust Era
Lauren Martin

Martha’s Vineyard renters and mortgage-holders are under extraordinary financial pressure, with a majority shelling out more than 30 per cent of their household income on housing, new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show.

Census figures based on samples taken from 2005 to 2009 were released on Tuesday. The numbers take in both boom and bust years in the American economy, suggesting they may spruce up the worst of the recession’s effects.

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From Age Zero to 105, Island is Counted; U.S. Census Ends
Remy Tumin

With 351 surveyors and 17,500 households, the grand tally of Martha’s Vineyard residents is still unknown as the 2010 U.S. Census comes to a close this month.

Six weeks have passed since John Newsom finished surveying Vineyard residents for the 2010 census; quality control officers concluded their surveys this week, and now all that’s left to do is count.

“Overall it was good. I can’t let out any government secrets,” Mr. Newsom said over the phone with a smile you could hear earlier this week.

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More Islanders, A Little Older, More Diverse
Mike Seccombe

Martha’s Vineyard is growing rapidly more populous, older and more diverse according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Overall, the population of Dukes County grew 10.3 per cent in the decade 2000-2010, well down on the 29 per cent growth of the previous decade, but still the highest by far of any county in Massachusetts.

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