New Census Bureau data indicates the poverty rate in Calaveras County went up from 2007 to 2008, but remained flat in Tuolumne County.

The real measure of poverty, some say, cannot be accurately depicted by government estimates, but by the amount of assistance provided by community and social service agencies.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports nationwide in 2008, 13.2 percent of people are living in poverty and in California, 13.3 percent were living in poverty.

The bureau sets the poverty income threshold at $21,834 for a household of two adults and two children. The poverty threshold for people living alone over the age of 65 is $13,030.

The poverty rate in Calaveras County increased from 10.3 percent in 2007 to 11.5 percent in 2008, Census data said.