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Supplemental Poverty Measure Blog Posts


Research Matters Blog
How Has the Pandemic Continued to Affect Survey Response? Using Administrative Data to Evaluate Nonresponse in the 2022 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement
The U.S. Census Bureau tabulates the national income distribution using survey responses collected during February through April 2022.


Random Samplings Blog
What’s the Difference Between the Supplemental and Official Poverty Measures?
There has been continued debate about the best way to measure income and poverty in the United States since the first official U.S. poverty statistics were published in the mid-1960s.


Random Samplings Blog
How Inflation Affects the Census Bureau’s Income and Earnings Estimates
In the report, Income in the United States: 2021, the Census Bureau will compare estimates of median income and earnings between 2020 and 2021 and present historical income and earnings estimates dating back to 1967.


Unanticipated Benefits of Compensating Survey Respondents
This blog summarizes and discusses findings on how earnings nonresponse compared across groups.


Random Samplings Blog
Our Commitment to Quality: A Revised ACS Estimation Methodology
We revised our estimation methodology to improve the 2020 portion of the 2016-2020 ACS 5-year data.


Research Matters Blog
Census Bureau Economists to Present at the American Economic Association and Allied Social Science Association Annual Meetings
U.S. Census Bureau economists are set to present at the annual meeting of the AEA and ASSA scheduled to be held virtually Jan. 7–9.


Random Samplings Blog
An Overview of Addressing Nonresponse Bias in the American Community Survey During the COVID-19 Pandemic Using Administrative Data
In this blog we will discuss an important modification to the American Community Survey (ACS)’s weighting procedures for the 2020 experimental data.


Random Samplings Blog
Pandemic Impact on 2020 American Community Survey 1-Year Data
Analytical report detailing the decision to not release the standard 2020 1-year ACS data products.


Random Samplings Blog
What’s the Difference Between the Supplemental and Official Poverty Measures?
There has been continued debate about the best way to measure income and poverty in the United States since the first official U.S. poverty statistics were published in the mid-1960s.


Random Samplings Blog
Adapting the American Community Survey Amid COVID-19
We adapted the American Community Survey amid the pandemic to keep both the nation informed, and our staff and the people who respond safe.


Research Matters Blog
Census Bureau Economists to Present at American Economic Association and Allied Social Science Association Annual Meetings
U.S. Census Bureau economists will present the results from their research at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association and the Allied Social Science Associations.


Random Samplings Blog
What Is the Supplemental Poverty Measure and How Does It Differ From the Official Measure?
Since publication of the first official U.S. poverty statistics, there has been a continuing debate about the best way to measure income and poverty in the United States.


Random Samplings Blog
How the Census Bureau Measures Income and Poverty
The U.S. Census Bureau releases income, poverty and health insurance statistics from its Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, known as CPS ASEC, every September.


Random Samplings Blog
Varying Degrees of Poverty, Thinking Beyond ‘Poor’ and ‘Not Poor’
The concept of poverty is often interpreted as a state of being “poor” or “not poor.”


Research Matters Blog
Fourth Wave of 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
In March 2017, we released the first version of the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) Wave 1 data.


Research Matters Blog
CPS ASEC Redesign and Processing Changes
The U.S. Census Bureau has been engaged in implementing improvements to the CPS ASEC income, health insurance and demographic content.


Random Samplings Blog
What Is the Supplemental Poverty Measure and How Does It Differ From the Official Measure?
Since the publication of the first official U.S. poverty statistics, there has been a continuing debate about the best way to measure income and poverty in the United States.


Random Samplings Blog
How the Census Bureau Measures Income and Poverty
Income, poverty and health insurance statistics from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, known as CPS ASEC, are released every September.


Random Samplings Blog
"Varying Degrees of Poverty, Thinking Beyond �Poor� and �Not Poor�"
The concept of poverty is often interpreted as a state of being “poor” or “not poor.”


Directors Blog
"Counting Everyone Once, Only Once and in the Right Place"
U.S. Census Bureau staff presented to the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and gave an update on how we plan to efficiently and effectively reach hard-to-count communities.


Research Matters Blog
The Opportunity Atlas
How do children’s chances of climbing the income ladder vary across neighborhoods in America? Where is opportunity lacking and what can we do to improve opportunity in such areas?


Random Samplings Blog
What Is the Supplemental Poverty Measure and How Does It Differ From the Official Measure?
Since the publication of the first official U.S. poverty statistics, there has been a continuing debate about the best way to measure income and poverty in the United States.


Random Samplings Blog
How the Census Bureau Measures Income and Poverty
Income, poverty and health insurance statistics from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, known as CPS ASEC are released every year in September.


Random Samplings Blog
"Varying Degrees of Poverty, Thinking Beyond �Poor� and �Not Poor�"
The concept of poverty is often interpreted as a state of being “poor” or “not poor.”


Random Samplings Blog
Women�s Earnings by Occupation
In 2016, median earnings for women was $40,675 compared with $50,741 for men.


Research Matters Blog
Census Bureau Economists to Present at 2018 Allied Social Science Association and American Economic Association Meeting in Philadelphia
U.S. Census Bureau economists will present results from their research at the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) and American Economic Association (AEA) in Philadelphia Jan. 5-7, 2018.


Random Samplings Blog
Examining the Effect of Off-Campus College Students on Poverty Rates
The estimates and figures presented here are designed to stimulate further thought about how college students impact poverty rates.


Random Samplings Blog
Uncovering Trends in Income and Poverty Using Model-Based Estimates
Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program models estimates of income and poverty for small geographies.


Random Samplings Blog
Understanding the Relationship Between Individual Earnings and Household Income
The statistics for median household income and full-time, full-year workers can often change in different directions.


Random Samplings Blog
Parents Burning the Midnight (and Weekend) Oil
Of the 72.3 million children in the United States living with at least one of their parents, 43 percent (31.0 million) live with a parent who is working a nonstandard schedule.


Research Matters Blog
Advancing Big Data and Social Science at the U.S. Census Bureau
Today’s world revolves around electronics: iPhones, 4K TVs, chips in credit cards, GPS mapping to get you from here to there and an ever exponentially increasing access to data storage and computational power.


Random Samplings Blog
Was median household income in 2016 the highest median household income ever reported from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement?
On Tuesday, September 12, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2016 income, poverty and health insurance statistics from the CPS ASEC.


Random Samplings Blog
Census Bureau Releases 2016 Supplemental Poverty Measure
Today, the U.S. Census Bureau, in collaboration with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released its seventh annual supplemental poverty measure report.


Random Samplings Blog
Outlying Older Americans: The Puzzle of Increasing Poverty among those 65 and Older
On September 12, the U.S. Census Bureau released estimates from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, known as the CPS ASEC, showing that national poverty rates declined by 0.8 percentage points in 2016 — to a rate of 12.7 percent.


Random Samplings Blog
Recovering from Recession?Who Recovered and When?
Since June 2009, the U.S. economy has been experiencing what economists refer to as a “business cycle expansion.”


Random Samplings Blog
Median Earnings over the Last 40 Years
In Figure 2 of the 2016 income and poverty report, we show estimates of median earnings for full-time, year-round workers, from which we calculate the most widely accepted measure of the male-female earnings gap.

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