We got a good look at how the recession has impacted Sedgwick County, with the recent release of Census estimates.
Median household incomes in the county fell 2.8% between 2007 and 2010, while the number of residents living in poverty rose from 13% to 15.3%.
State-wide, the median household income rose by 2.1% … while the number of Kansans living in poverty rose by 2.2% … to just under 66,900 people.
From 2008 to 2010 … a more recent look … Sedgwick County median household income fell 7.1% … to $45,996 … nearly 19-hundred dollars less than the state-wide figure … and over $4,000 less than the national median income.
So, the past two years have been especially tough on Sedgwick County, when compared to the rest of Kansas and the nation on average. Charities have been working hard to meet greater demand for their services.
Our thought for today is from James Baldwin:
“Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck – but, most of all, endurance.”