Poverty on Our Peninsula

In Pacific County, approximately 18.7% of the population lives below the poverty line. This percentage increases in Long Beach, Ocean Park, and Ilwaco. Unemployment rates are also higher in Pacific County than the state and nation, though the rate is lower now than it has been the last several years. 

While these seem like inconsequential numbers, picture 1 in every 4 or 5 people you see on the Long Beach Peninsula live in poverty. PPR acts as a “response” to come alongside those with difficult life circumstances and provide community and physical aid. This translates into our mission statement: “Reducing the consequences related to poverty on the Long Beach Peninsula through advocacy, awareness and action”. We hope to move forward in this mission through our different events including fundraising events such as the Cape D Triathlon and Golf Tournament and our direct service events Project Homeless Connect (PHC)Pack2School, and, for the last three winters, Overnight Winter Lodging (OWL).

Living below the poverty line

Washington State

12.7%

Pacific County

18.7%

Long Beach

24%

Ocean Park

25.8%

Ilwaco

19.9%

 

Unemployment Rates

National

3.9%

Washington State

4.6%

Pacific County

5.8%