How Tahoe Measures Income
Income is an important gauge of the standard of living and wealth distribution of communities in the Lake Tahoe Region. An increase in income for a community creates opportunities for its residents, ranging from educational attainment to community participation. A decrease in income is typically correlated to increases in crime and substance abuse. Furthermore, increases in income are likely to increase environmental stewardship through increased philanthropic spending. Reporting the income for Tahoe communities provides both a comparison of economic health in different communities in the Lake Tahoe Region and an understanding of the trend within each community over time.
Median Household Income
This indicator measures the median household income of each Census Designated Places (CDPs) in the Lake Tahoe Region annually. Median household Income measures the taxable income of the householder and all other individuals 15 years old and over in the household, whether they are related to the householder or not.
Subsidized School Lunch Eligibility
Free and Reduced Priced Meals (FRPM) are provided to low-income children before school, during school, after school and over the summer through the National School Lunch Program. Participation in this federally subsidized school lunch program requires children to come from low-income families. Therefore, the percent of students eligible for the subsidized school lunch program is a direct measure of student and family poverty levels in the Lake Tahoe Region.
This indicator measures the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced priced meals through the National School Lunch Program in Tahoe Basin public schools (K-12 grade). Students must come from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level to be eligible.
What is Tahoe Doing to Improve Income
Community College Courses Offered
Community college courses offer recent college graduates and working professionals an opportunity to further their education and enhance their skills in order to be more valuable to current and potential employers. Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) is the primary provider of affordable continuing education courses in the Lake Tahoe Region. The number of courses offered at LTCC provides a gauge for the opportunity the most recent and future workforce has to enhance their capabilities. A more skilled workforce improves worker efficiency and quality, which increases workforce income potential and makes the Lake Tahoe Region a more attractive place for businesses to operate.
This indicator measures the annual total number of credit and non-credit courses offered at LTCC. Credit courses are courses offered at LTCC that have an associated credit amount that can be used to advance towards a degree or can be transferred as credits to another college or university. Non-credit courses are courses offered by LTCC that have no credit associated with it. Students who enroll in non-credit courses do not receive any type of college credit for these courses, nor do they receive official grades.
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