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December 20, 2013

Appanoose County losing ground


Child deaths showed no percentage change from 2000 to 2012. The child population in 2000 was 2,496 and in 2012 it was 2,173. A more than 300 decrease in population.

Child poverty showed a spike, up 37 percent from the year 2000 to 2012. In 2000, there were 3,071 children in the county with 565 or 18.4 percent living below the poverty level. In the year 2011, there were 2,778 children with 700 of them or 25.2 percent living below the poverty level.

Children in Women, Infants and Children program declined by 16.4 percent. In the year 2003, there were 732 children in the county with 271 of those or 37 percent on WIC. In the year 2012, there were 792 children in the county with 245 of those or 30.9 percent on WIC. The number of children went up as the number receiving WIC went down.

Earned Income Tax Credit use went up by 37.3 percent from the year 2000 to year 2011. Despite a 420 decrease in the number or income tax filers, from 5,786 in 2000 to 5,365 in 2011, the number who qualified went up, from 936 in 2000 to 1,192 in 2011.

Eighth grade math proficiency increased by 11.7 percent. In 2003, 174 students were tested and 111 were found to be proficient. In 2012, 146 students were tested and 104 were found to be proficient.

The number to be found proficient dropped by seven yet the percentage increased because 28 fewer students were tested.

Family Investment Program financial assistance in Appanoose County dropped by 40.8 percent. In 2000, Appanoose County had a total population of 13,721 and 491 families were receiving assistance. In 2012, the total population was 12,700 and 269 families were receiving assistance.

Food Assistance in Appanoose County went up by 94.7 percent. In 2000, 1,297 individuals were receiving food assistance. In 2012, that number jumped up to 2,337 given the fact the county lost more than 1,000 in population.

Fourth Grade Reading Proficiency decreased by 2.9 percent. In 2003, 146 students were tested and 116 were found to be proficient. In 2012, 153 students were tested and 118 were found to be proficient.

Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Eligibility went up by 3.9 percent. In 2000, 2,316 were enrolled and 1,022 were eligible. In 2012, 2,054 were enrolled and 942 were eligible.

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