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More Education Does Not Erase Racial Disparities in Health Coverage
Adults with a high school education or less have higher uninsured rates than those more educated. Racial/ethnic inequalities exist even among the more educated.
How Resilient Are Communities Along the U.S.-Mexico Border?
The Community Resilience Estimates show that more people living in the 44 counties along the U.S.-Mexico border are less resilient than the nation as a whole.
Families and Living Arrangements
How Marital Status and Children Affect Social Safety Net Participation
An updated interactive data tool allows users to explore household composition and expanded age categories of those who received government benefits in 2020.
Uninsured Rate Declined in 28 States 2019-2021
Today’s release of the 2021 American Community Survey 1-year estimates shows increase in public health coverage in 36 states.
Full-Time, Year-Round Workers More Likely to be Uninsured in 2021
The uninsured rate of those who worked less than full time, year-round dropped 1.2 percentage points from 2020 to 2021 as public coverage increased.
Uninsured Rate of U.S. Children Fell to 5.0% in 2021
A 1.2 percentage point increase in Medicaid and CHIP coverage drove drop in children’s uninsured rate between 2020 and 2021.
Income and Poverty
Wealth Inequality in the U.S. by Household Type
Census data show persistent inequalities in household wealth in 2019: 38.7% of households did not own a home, and 41.2% did not have a retirement account.
Who Is Receiving Social Safety Net Benefits?
A new data tool allows users to explore thousands of social safety statistics 2013-2019 and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of recipients.
Who Makes More Preventable Visits to the ER?
Census Bureau Study Shows a Link Between Lack of Various Resources and Higher Number of Preventable Visits for Emergency Care.
Private Health Coverage of Adults Drops From Early 2019 to Early 2021
In early 2020, a decline in the number of working-age adults with private health insurance was offset by an increase in public health insurance programs.
Uninsured Rates for Children in Poverty Increased 2018–2020
Changes in children’s health coverage varied by poverty status from 2018 to 2020.
Income and Poverty
Who Had Medical Debt in the United States?
Detailed tables from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation provide a snapshot of households more likely to have medical debt in 2017.
Income and Poverty
Poverty Rate Drops in 20 States and the District of Columbia
The 2017 1-year American Community Survey out today shows some states had the fourth straight year of decline while other had rates of 18 percent or more.
Who Are the Uninsured?
The number of people without health insurance grew to 28 million in 2017, up from 27.3 million the previous year.
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Coming This Week: Income, Poverty, Health Insurance Numbers
U.S. Census Bureau experts give you a video overview of new data that will be released Wednesday and Thursday.


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