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The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that the Los Angeles metro area's median household income was not statistically different from the year before, the poverty rate increased and the uninsured rate decreased.
According to the 2012 American Community Survey, the median household income in the Los Angeles metro area was $57,271 in 2012, which was not statistically different from $57,745 in 2011. In addition, 17.6 percent of people in the Los Angeles area were in poverty in 2012, an increase from 17.0 percent in 2011. In 2012, 20.9 percent of the area's population lacked health insurance coverage, a decrease from 21.2 percent in 2011. Across all U.S. metro areas, median household income was $53,607 in 2012 (not statistically different from $53,545 in 2011), the poverty rate remained at 15.5 percent, and the uninsured rate decreased from 15.0 percent to 14.7 percent since 2011. (Table CP03).
The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about all communities in the country — including the Los Angeles area. The American Community Survey gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, homebuilders, police departments, and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision makers who count on these annual results.
The survey is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as educational attainment, housing, employment, commuting, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs.
Other selected highlights for the Los Angeles metro area (compared with all U.S. metro areas):
In addition to these statistics, the Census Bureau has released a set of analytical briefs with American Community Survey statistics on income, poverty and health insurance coverage for states and metro areas.
More information about the Los Angeles area and the nation's social, economic and housing characteristics can be found on the Census Bureau's American FactFinder website. The 2012 American Community Survey statistics are available for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metro area, and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more. (Note that statistics for metro areas based on the Office of Management and Budget's statistical area delineations issued in February 2013 will be available with the release of the 2013 American Community Survey results next year.) Statistics for areas with smaller populations will be available later this year.
Note: Unless otherwise noted, local-to-national and year-to-year comparisons are statistically different. The median household income and gross rent figures are in 2012 inflation-adjusted dollars.