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Income and Poverty
How Have State Official Poverty Rates Changed Over 10 Years?
A new Census Bureau historical table shows that 40 states and the District of Columbia had lower official poverty rates in 2019-2021 than in 2009-2011.
Income and Poverty
U.S. Poverty Rates Differ by Age and County
The South had the highest share of counties with child poverty rates of 40% or more, according to the 2017-2021 American Community Survey 5-year estimates.
Income and Poverty
U.S. Poverty Rate Is 12.8% but Varies Significantly by Age Groups
The poverty rate for the nation’s oldest and youngest populations was significantly different than the national rate.
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.
Income and Poverty
2021 Income Inequality Increased for First Time Since 2011
U.S. Census Bureau’s income data released today show widening income inequality from 2020 to 2021.
Income and Poverty
Child Poverty Fell to Record Low 5.2% in 2021
In 2021, child poverty rates measured by Supplemental Poverty Measure were the lowest since 2009 for all race and Hispanic origin categories examined.
Income and Poverty
Government Assistance Lifts 45.4 Million Out of Poverty in 2021
The 2021 U.S. official poverty rate of 11.6% was not statistically different from 2020 but the Supplemental Poverty Measure at 7.8% was lowest on record.
Children Continue to be More Involved in Some Extracurricular Activities
New U.S. Census Bureau historical tables show both girls and boys are taking more lessons and playing more sports than in 1998.
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.
Income and Poverty
Dim Job Outlook for People Released From Prison During Great Recession
People convicted of a felony or released from prison are less likely to find work than adults without high school degrees or similar criminal histories.
Income and Poverty
Most Kids Receiving SNAP Get at Least One Other Safety Net Benefit
Most children participating in SNAP receive benefits from multiple programs. Eligibility guidelines determine which programs cover children.
Income and Poverty
What's the Financial Condition of Homes Getting Government Benefits?
The Survey of Income Program Participation shows that many families that received government aid in 2017 lacked assets but had similar levels of unsecured debt.
Income and Poverty
Gay Married Couples Have Higher Income than Heterosexual Married Ones
The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey releases data on income and poverty levels of same-sex couples.
Income and Poverty
More Young Adults Lived with Their Parents in 2019
Poverty rates of people ages 25 to 34 living with their parents remained stable at 5.3%, lower than the U.S. poverty rate of 10.5%.
Income and Poverty
Poverty Rates for Blacks and Hispanics Reached Historic Lows in 2019
Black and Hispanic poverty rates reached historic lows of 18.8% and 15.7% respectively in 2019 but inequalities persist.
Income and Poverty
Was Household Income the Highest Ever in 2019?
Data collection challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic may have pushed income estimates higher.
Census Stats Helped to Plan Healthy Food Programs for Low-Income Homes
Federal, state and local officials will use 2020 Census data to help plan funding for nutrition programs for the next decade.
Income and Poverty
Poverty Rate for People in Woman-Led Households Lowest on Record
The U.S. poverty rate dropped from 12.3% in 2017 to 11.8% in 2018. The decrease in poverty for women-led families comprised much of...
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.
Income and Poverty
Poverty Rate Drops for Third Consecutive Year in 2017
The three-year run of declines in poverty is the longest stretch of annual declines since 1997-2000, but the struggle to sustain...
Income and Poverty
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.
Income and Poverty
A Better Way to Measure Poverty
The Census Bureau is using administrative records to make sure people who receive poverty assistance are counted.
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