Eva Knott 2:42 p.m., May 21
Increase in Poverty in San Diego County
The number of people living below the poverty line in San Diego County increased in 2010, according to a new report released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Along with the increase, came a decrease in median household income from $60,103 in 2009 to $59,759 last year.
In 2009, an estimated 372,782, or 12.5 percent, were poverty-stricken in San Diego County. In 2010 that number jumped to 445,556, or 14.8 percent of the population, just above the national poverty-average of 14.3 percent.
The report revealed that nearly a quarter of those under the poverty line, or 94,299, were between the ages of 5 to 17, compared to 82,241 in 2009.
In San Diego Unified School District, 31,456 lived in low-income households, 1,258 more than in 2009.
The numbers in other county districts saw similar increases. In Carlsbad Unified School District, 386 more students came from poverty-stricken families compared to 2009. In the Chula Vista Elementary School District, the number of children coming from low-income households jumped from 3,810 in 2009 to 5,281 in 2010. Sweetwater Unified School District also saw an increase, from 5,937 to 8,951.
Oceanside Unified was one of the few districts in the county to have fewer students under the poverty line. In that district, the number dropped by 176 students.