Tag Archives: poverty

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014 Source: U.S. Census Bureau The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2014, there was no statistically significant change from 2013 in either real median household income or the official poverty rate. At the same time, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage […]

How the geography of U.S. poverty has shifted since 1960

How the geography of U.S. poverty has shifted since 1960 Source: Pew Research Center Since President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty 50 years ago, the characteristics of the nation’s poor have changed: A larger share of poor Americans today are in their prime working years and fewer are elderly. In addition, those […]

Federal Low Income Programs: Multiple Programs Target Diverse Populations and Needs

Federal Low Income Programs: Multiple Programs Target Diverse Populations and Needs Source: Government Accountability Office More than 80 federal programs (including 6 tax expenditures) provide aid to people with low incomes, based on GAO’s survey of relevant federal agencies. Medicaid (the largest by far), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and […]

State Financial Security Scorecards

State Financial Security Scorecards Source: National Institute on Retirement Security A new analysis indicates that Americans in nearly every state will fall far short in meeting their economic needs in retirement. The State Financial Security Scorecards research project gauges the retirement readiness of future retirees in each of the fifty states and the District of […]

A Profile of the Working Poor, 2013

A Profile of the Working Poor, 2013 (PDF) Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics In 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 45.3 million people, or 14.5 percent of the nation’s population, lived below the official poverty level.1 (See the technical notes section for examples of poverty levels.) Although the poor were primarily children and […]

Black child poverty rate holds steady, even as other groups see declines

Black child poverty rate holds steady, even as other groups see declines Source: Pew Research Center The share of American children living in poverty has declined slightly since 2010 as the nation’s economy has improved. But the poverty rate has changed little for black children, the group most likely to be living in poverty, according […]

Understanding the Geography of Growth in Rural Child Poverty

Understanding the Geography of Growth in Rural Child Poverty Source: USDA Economic Research Service Highlights: + More than one in four rural children are living in families that are poor, according to the official poverty measure, up from 1 in 5 in 1999, but this change was uneven across the rural landscape. + Counties with […]