This measure tracks the percentage of third graders attending public schools in Fulton County who scored at or above the level set for students on the track to college and career readiness, measured as the percentage of students in 6tg to 8th grade achieving a Lexile measure equal to or greater than 650 on the Georgia Milestones English Language Arts (ELA) end-of-grade (EOG) assessment. Students scoring at this level have demonstrated proficiency in the knowledge and skills as specified in Georgia’s content standards and are considered prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.
Median household income is the amount which divides the income distribution into two equal groups, half of households having income above that amount, and half having income below that amount. Income includes wage or salary income; net self-employment income; interest, dividends, or net rental or royalty income or income from estates and trusts; Social Security or Railroad Retirement income; Supplemental Security Income (SSI); public assistance or welfare payments; and retirement, survivor, or disability pensions.
Housing affordability burden as measured here represents the percentage of households in Fulton County with annual income less than $20,000 that spend over 30% of their income on the home they own. Paying over 30% of household income on housing presents a significant burden for low income homeowners and leave them with limited income for other essential spending.
The high school education rate is the percentage of county residents 25 years or older who have received a high school diploma or a general education development (GED) certificate. A GED certificate is earned by taking a battery of tests and performing at a level equal to or above 60% of high school seniors.
This measure tracks the percentage of Fulton County's residents age 65 and older who live below the poverty line as defined by the U.S.Census Bureau. A senior is considered to be living in poverty if the household in which he or she lives has a total income below a threshold value determined by the size of the family, the age of the head of household and the number of children in the family. For example, the threshold for a senior over 65 years living alone was $11,511 in 2016. The threshold for a household with two adults with a head of household over 65 years was $14,507.
The percentage of families in poverty represents the percentage of households in Fulton County living below poverty level in the past 12 months according the U.S. Census Bureau's definition of poverty. A family is considered to live in poverty if its total income is below a threshold value determined by the size of the family and the number of children in the family. For example, the threshold for a family of four made up of two adults and two children under 18 years was $24,339 in 2016. The threshold for a family with more children is higher while the threshold for two adults with no children is lower.