Mapping North Carolina's poverty rate by county
North Carolina's poverty rates were declining before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, new Census data shows.
By the numbers: The latest five-year figures from the 2016-2020 American Community Survey reveal 14% of North Carolina residents earned incomes below the federal poverty line ($12,760 for a single person in 2020).
- That's down from 16.4% reported in the previous five-year estimate between 2011 and 2015.
Yes, but: Because of when the data was collected, it doesn't capture the full effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Americans.
- The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina reported a 38% increase in demand between 2020 and 2021.
- Food bank spokeswoman Jessica Slider Whichard told Axios demand increased again in the last two months.
What they're saying: "Anecdotally, we believe this to be due to increased cost of living, particularly in the last couple months," Slider Whichard said.
- "Higher gas prices and grocery prices, not to mention supply chain issues, have made it harder for folks to make ends meet and stretch their budgets."
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