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Elgin Fact Sheet

Elgin Fact Sheet

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Snapshot of Poverty, Income,and Health Insurance Coverage
33 West Grand Avenue, Suite 500 | Chicago, Illinois 60654 | 312.870.4949 | research@heartlandalliance.org
The newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Surveyprovide a glimpse of the ongoing impacts of the Great Recession for millions of indi-viduals and families. This snapshot of your community’s data includes a comparisonof 2010 data to 2009 and 1999, illustrating trends over time. Fact sheets for addition-al geographies are available at http://www.heartlandalliance.org/research/current-and-local-data/local-fact-sheets.html.The effects of the Great Recession on unemployment, poverty, and income are still being felt by millions of individuals and families, and the eroding safety net means that while there are more people in need, there arefewer resources to help them. Preserving, extending, and strengthening these solutions can help keep morepeople from falling into poverty and help those struggling to meet their basic needs:
such as SNAP (food stamps), TANF, Medicaid, and the EarnedIncome Tax Credit, which help poor and near-poor individuals and families bridge the gap between lowincomes and meeting their most basic needs. These programs not only help reduce poverty, but alsogenerate additional economic activity in local communities.
Continue Unemployment Insurance
for those seeking employment, which will help protect people whoare out of work and keep families out of poverty.
Invest in subsidized and transitional employment programs
to help disadvantaged workers andstruggling businesses weather the stalled economy and create jobs that will put people back to work andthat pay living wages.
2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey
Social IMPACT Research Center, a program of Heartland Alliance
September 22, 2011 (version 1)
Poverty Rate in 2010:15.9%
The poverty raterosefrom13.1% in 2009, whichis
The poverty raterosefrom8.1% in 1999, whichis a
Number in Poverty in 2010:16,867
The number of people in povertyrosefrom13,891 
The number of people in povertyrosefrom7,414in
1999,whichisastatisticallysigniicant change.
Elgin Poverty Rates Over Time
extreme povertychild povertyincome
Median Household Income in 2010:$54,607
Median household incomedeclinedby4.2% from $57,017in 2009, whichis not a
Median household incomedeclinedby20.7% from $68,836in 1999, whichis a statistically
signiicant change.
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All prior year’s income data have been updated to 2010 dollars.
Extreme Poverty Rate in 2010:4.5%
The extreme poverty raterosefrom4.3% in 2009,
The extreme poverty raterosefrom3.8% in 1999,
Number in Extreme Poverty in 2010:4,785
The number of people in extreme povertyrosefrom
The number of people in extreme povertyrosefrom
The sample size in Elgin is too small to reliablyreport on child poverty.
In 2010, a family of threewas considered extremely poor if theirannual income was below $8,687.
Elgin Extreme Poverty Rates Over Time
1999200720082009 2010
Elgin Median Household Income Over Time
low incomehealth insurance coverage
65 years old; sum of uninsured, privately, and publicly insured percents do not addup to 100 because for certain populations it is possible have both public and privatecoverage.3 of 4
Uninsured Rate in 2010:19.1%
The uninsured ratedeclinedfrom19.4% in 2009, whichis not a statistically
signiicant change.
Number of Uninsured in 2010:18,543
The number of people without healthinsurancedeclinedfrom19,148in 2009,
Type of Insurance in 2010:
60.6% are covered by private insurance.
21.4% are covered by public insurance.
19.1% are uninsured.
Low Income Rate in 2010:23.7%
•Thelowincomeraterosefrom22.5%in2009,whichisnotastatisticallysigniicant change. •Thelowincomeraterosefrom14.5%in1999,whichisastatisticallysigniicant change.
Number with Low Incomes in 2010:25,110
The number of people with low incomesrosefrom23,917in 2009, whichis not a statistically
signiicant change.•Thenumberofpeoplewithlowincomesrosefrom13,336in1999,whichisastatisticallysigniicant 
In 2010, a family of three wasconsidered low income if their annualincome was between $17,374 and$34,748.
Elgin Health Insurance Coverage, 2010
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