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Income and Poverty
Median Household Income After Taxes Fell 8.8% in 2022
The expiration of expansions to federal programs during COVID-19 resulted in lower post-tax household income and higher poverty rates.
Income and Poverty
Supplemental Poverty Measure in 2022 Higher Than Pre-Pandemic Level
The Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) that accounts for government assistance increased from 7.8% in 2021 to 12.4% in 2022.
Significant Declines in Preschool Enrollment During COVID-19 Pandemic
There were about 950,000 fewer children ages 3 to 6 enrolled in preschool in 2021 than in 2019.
Families and Living Arrangements
Multiple Partners, Multiple Kids
A new U.S. Census Bureau report looks at patterns of multiple partner fertility among married and unmarried couples.
Families and Living Arrangements
Several Generations Under One Roof
Multigenerational households and those with children living with grandparents increased from 2010 to 2020.
An Aging U.S. Population With Fewer Children in 2020
The age profiles of states and communities don’t always mirror the national picture.
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Tablets More Common in Households With Children
Households with children 5 years old and over had the highest rate of tablet ownership.
Data Products Built by and for Puerto Rican Communities
The Opportunity Project tackled challenges specific to Puerto Rico using open data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal agencies.
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
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.
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.
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.
Families and Living Arrangements
Most Kids With Parent in Same-Sex Relationship Live With Female Couple
Children whose parent was in a same-sex relationship in 2019 were more likely to be adopted than those living with a parent in an opposite-sex relationship.
The Opportunity Project Tackles Six New Challenges to Help Communities
New challenges include finding ways to support children in Puerto Rico and help communities transition to renewable energy.
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.
Fertility Rates: Declined for Younger Women, Increased for Older Women
Despite broader stability in fertility trends, a Census Bureau analysis shows that the age at which U.S. women gave birth changed from 1990 to 2019.
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Less Hunger in At-Risk Households During Pandemic Expansion of School Meals Program
Participation rates in free school lunch programs remain higher for lower income children even when program was expanded during the pandemic.
Despite Efforts, Census Undercount of Young Children Persists
Improving data for young children in all Census Bureau products is the focus of a new cross-directorate working group.
Who Was Undercounted, Overcounted in the 2020 Census?
The U.S. Census Bureau used two measures of coverage to estimate who was missed or counted more than once in the 2020 Census.
Income and Poverty
Harder to Pay the Bills Now That Child Tax Credit Payments Have Ended
As Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments ended in December, more households with children reported struggling to cover household expenses.
Families and Living Arrangements
Over a Quarter of Children Lived With At Least One Foreign-Born Parent
A new report reveals that children living with at least one foreign-born parent are more likely to live with two parents than children with native-born parents.
Women More Likely Than Men to Have No Retirement Savings
Are your retirement savings related to the number of times you have been married or the number of partners with whom you have children?
Families and Living Arrangements
Parents and Children Interacted More During COVID-19
During Covid-19 lockdowns, parents changed how they interacted with children: more dinners and reading together but fewer outings.
Families and Living Arrangements
No Kids, No Care? Childlessness Among Older Americans
New Census Bureau report details demographic, economic and household characteristics of childless older adult population compared to older biological parents.
Pre-COVID Early Childhood Enrollment Grew, More in Public Preschools
Before COVID-19, preschool enrollment was increasing as state funding of early education programs grew and the federal government is now proposing universal
Families and Living Arrangements
Measuring Impact of Child Care Subsidies on Working Moms
Census Bureau study shows receipt of child care subsidies may keep working married mothers in the labor force and lowers wage gap between spouses.
Elementary, Secondary School Revenue, Spending Increased in Most Areas
Preliminary data show most categories of elementary and secondary school system spending increased from FY2019 to FY2020, with some exceptions due to COVID-19.
U.S. Births Declined During the Pandemic
Several factors affect the birth rate but the pandemic did have an impact: births declined but began to rise again in March of this year.
Families and Living Arrangements
Two-Thirds of Recent First-Time Fathers Took Time Off After Birth
For the first time, the 2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation asked both men and women about their use of parental leave.
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 Was Lifted Out of Poverty by Stimulus Payments?
Supplemental Poverty Measure shows that the first two rounds of stimulus payments during the pandemic helped pull 11.7 million people out of poverty in 2020.
Income and Poverty
Children Experienced Episodic Poverty at Higher Rate Than Adults
A recent U.S. Census Bureau report explores episodic and chronic poverty rates among children, working-age adults and seniors from 2013-2016.
Teachers Preparing for 2021-2022 School Year
New school activities on relevant topics such as apportionment results from the 2020 Census are available to teachers for free.
Census Survey Now Asks about Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
Phase 3.2 of the Household Pulse Survey now includes questions on sexual orientation and gender identity, vaccinations of children and the new Child Tax Credit.
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