Brown County has a poverty problem that is significant and increasing. The number of people
in poverty in 2004, the last year for which Census Bureau information is available, totaled
23,269, or 10% of the population. That’s up from 14,835, or 6.6% of the population, in 2000.
(The federal government defines poverty as annual income of just under $20,000 for a family
of four.)

Over the last two years, BACC directors found their monthly discussions of local issues
returning often to the continuing challenges and implications of poverty in our community. It
is unclear how well the community understands its poverty problem.

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