Making Ends Meet in Johnson County
UCS has released its annual fact sheet on
Cost of Living
in our metro area. As has been reported, poverty is a reality for nearly 37,000 residents in Johnson County. An individual or family with income at or below the federal poverty level has limited funds to spend on life's essentials such as a safe place to live, health care, reliable transportation, nutritious food and child care. Consequently, these residents consistently face difficult choices about how to use their limited resources to meet basic needs.
As UCS has noted in our 2015 Framework for Reducing Poverty and Creating Opportunity, income growth is an integral part of the conversation around reducing poverty and creating opportunity. As unemployment has decreased in our county, poverty rates have not been
significantly impacted and remain stagnant.
Johnson County Poverty Rates More Than Doubled 2000-2014