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Subject: Looking at the Issues - 10/10/08 - Poverty and Education Attainment: How is Stark County Fairing?
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October 10, 2008
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Poverty and Education Attainment: How is Stark County Fairing?

While poverty rates remained much lower for those with more education, there is evidence that those with higher education are being adversely impacted by the state's poor economy since 2000 as much or more as those with less education. - Mark Salling, Northern Ohio Data & Information Service (NODIS)* 

Ohio's economic woes have impacted all education levels. Yet, there is evidence that Stark County is fairing better than the state and nation in several key areas. Data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau as part of its 2007 American Community Survey** shows that high school graduates, those with some college or an associate degree, and those who have graduate or professional degrees are less likely to be impoverished in Stark County. Only those with less than a high school diploma and bachelor's degrees lost ground relative to the state and nation.

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The greatest poverty rates in Stark County (27.6%) are found for females without high school diplomas. The lowest rates (0.5%) are for females with graduate or professional degrees.


* Salling, M. (2008). Changes in Poverty and Educational Attainment, 2000 to 2007 Poverty Rates Increasing for those with College Education, Too. Northern Ohio Data & Information Service (NODIS) Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs  Cleveland State University  and The Center for Community Solutions .This document may be found at:
** The American Community Survey may be found at:
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