Thumbs Down: Neighbor, spare a dime? 

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Neighbor, can you spare a dime?

About 184,500 people in Marion County, or about 21 percent of the local population, lived at or below the poverty level in 2010, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. This marks an increase of 7.4 percent from 2009. Of this group, about 68,200 are children aged 1 to 17. And estimated 30.7 percent of this population lives in poverty. The survey data estimated the median income within Marion County at about $39,393 in 2010, down 4.4 percent from a year earlier.

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