Identifying next steps
Thoughtwell collects, analyzes, and makes available original and secondary data to enhance understanding of community conditions, trends, resources, and needs.
The 2017 State of Poverty report begins by defining poverty. This year’s report displays a map of Ohio’s 88 counties and shows how the population below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level has changed since 2000. Statewide there are more families hovering close to the poverty level than there were 15 years ago, although there are fewer families below the poverty level. Systems in Ohio, such as Medicaid, child care, and higher education are all integral to families who live near the poverty line, and many families waver between qualifying and not qualifying for public assistance based on small changes in income.