House By House: The Lives Of N.H. Families Across Income Lines

May 18, 2015

There are many factors that affect the way a family with children lives. We've selected ten of these - factors which affect income, access to resources, and stability - and combined them to illustrate how families are doing at either end of the income spectrum.
 
This graphic illustrates how the top 25% and bottom 25% compare, and how the bottom 25% compares with the average of all New Hampshire families. 

Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

Notes on the data:

1. Children are defined as those under age 18. Children living in unrelated subfamilies, group quarters, or who are heads of households themselves are excluded from these analyses.
2. We are using “parent” in lieu of the census definition, “caregiver.” For 94 percent of children, this is their parent(s); for the remaining children, this is a grandparent (4.97 percent), sibling (0.21), or other relative (0.94).
3. Income quartiles are calculated based on New Hampshire’s income distribution alone. Family income was negative for 0.04 percent of NH families, and was set to 0 before creating income quartiles.
4. Full source information: All statistics except home internet - Carsey School of Public Policy analysis of American Community Survey, 2012 5-year file, IPUMS-USA, sample includes 13,062 children in 7,952 families; Internet statistic - Carsey School of Public Policy analysis of American Community Survey, 2013 1-year file, IPUMS-USA. Special thanks to Jessica Carson.