There were no significant changes to report in the poverty rates for San Diego, according to analysis by the Center for Policy Initiatives of two reports released by the U.S. Census Bureau this morning.

That analysis showed that the countywide poverty level decreased slightly to 11.0 percent from 2004’s rate of 12.1 percent, and that the city rate increased slightly from 13 percent in 2004 to 13.5 percent in 2005.

Those changes both fall within the margin of error for the study and are considered statistically insignificant, said Paul Karr, spokesman for the Center on Policy Initiatives.

The poverty threshold varies by family size and composition. For a chart demonstrating these variations, click here.

Karr cautioned that the definition of the poverty threshold is a national construct that does not take into account the cost of living in San Diego.

CPI is also examining the stagnancy in poverty rates in light of the last four years – despite economic recovery, a marked change in poverty rates has not been observed.

The CPI will issue more analysis later today.


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