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September 20, 2013

HC median household income $41,242

Athens — The Census Bureau's American Community Survey has been released for 2013, complete with income, poverty and health insurance statistics.

According to the Census Bureau, ever since Thomas Jefferson directed the first census in 1790, the census has collected detailed characteristics about our nation's people. Questions about jobs and the economy were added 20 years later under James Madison, who said such information would allow Congress to "adapt the public measures to the particular circumstances of the community," and over the decades allow America "an opportunity of marking the progress of the society."

“The American Community Survey provides indispensable information about our nation's people, housing and economy,” Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson said.

The survey shows Henderson County’s median household income as $41,242 according to estimates. The per-capita income is $22,325. Of the households, 2,514 earned less than $10,000. More Henderson County families fell within the $50,000 and $74,499 range, a total of 5,862. Only 613 earned more than $200,000 per year. The city of Athens median household income is $36,284, with the per-capita earnings $19,449. Both are below the state averages of $50,920 and $25,548.

The survey shows the county with 11,356 households, with at least a portion of its income coming from Social Security. County households with retirement income totaled 7,373.

Henderson County had 11.2 percent of its families falling below the poverty level. Of the families with children under the age of five, 28 percent fell below the poverty mark.

The survey showed Henderson County with 30,782 commuting to work, The mean travel time is 31.3 minutes. Athens workers had a mean travel time of 18.5 minutes. The average Texan drives 24.8 minutes to work.

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