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Income and Poverty
National Poverty in America Awareness Month: Measuring Poverty
The Census Bureau’s 2020 Supplemental Poverty Measure rate was 2.3 percentage points lower than the official poverty rate of 11.4%.
Who Makes More Preventable Visits to the ER?
Census Bureau Study Shows a Link Between Lack of Various Resources and Higher Number of Preventable Visits for Emergency Care.
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?
Measuring Community Resilience Equitably
The Census Bureau’s Community Resilience Estimates program releases dataset and tool that help decision makers understand their communities’ vulnerabilities.
What Happens When Older Adults Struggle to Make Ends Meet?
The packages of needs-based assistance that some older adults rely on may indicate difficulty affording health care, food, shelter and other necessities.
Nearly a Third of Parents Spent Child Tax Credit on School Expenses
Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey shows that many parents spent the first three Child Tax Credit advance payments on child care or school expenses.
Census Tool Provides Access to Child Poverty Rates
The 2019 SAIPE School District Profiles data visualization provides demographic and economic information on more than 13,000 U.S. school districts.
Understanding Equity Through Census Bureau Data
U.S. Census Bureau surveys and programs provide insight into social, economic and housing equity gaps in the United States.
Workers’ Earnings Decline Overall During Pandemic but Increase for Full-Time, Year-Round Workers
How could earnings for full-time, year-round workers go up while earnings fell for all workers? There were fewer low-wage full-time, year-round workers.
Did Unemployment Insurance Lower Official Poverty Rates in 2020?
Expanded unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility during the pandemic lowered the overall poverty rate by 1.4 percentage points to 11.4% in 2020.
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.
Uninsured Rates for Children in Poverty Increased 2018–2020
Changes in children’s health coverage varied by poverty status from 2018 to 2020.
Private Health Coverage of Working-Age Adults Drops From Early 2019 to Early 2021
In early 2020, a decline in the number of working-age adults with private health insurance was offset by an increase in public health insurance programs.
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.
How the Pandemic Affected Black and White Households
Loss of income during the pandemic caused more hardship for Black adults than for White adults, even after accounting for differences in income and education.
Spanish-Language Survey Respondents Report Greater Pandemic Hardships
Even within groups such as Hispanics, the COVID pandemic has been experienced differently.
Most Children Receiving SNAP Get at Least One Other Social Safety Net Benefit
Most children participating in SNAP receive benefits from multiple programs. Eligibility guidelines determine which programs cover children.
What’s the Financial Condition of Households 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.
Business and Economy
How Much Do Businesses Spend on Innovation to Stay Competitive?
The Census Bureau’s Annual Capital Expenditures Survey shows how much businesses spent to innovate and stay competitive, including investment in robotics.
More Than One in Seven Social Safety Net Recipients in 2017 Were College Graduates
At least 3.7 million college graduates participated in social safety net programs in 2017.
Were American Homes Ready for the Pandemic?
Isolating when someone is infected with COVID-19 is challenging when 38% of U.S. multi-person households don’t have two bathrooms and enough bedrooms.
Who Had Medical Debt in the United States?
Detailed tables from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation provide a snapshot of households more likely to have medical debt in 2017.
Working From Home During the Pandemic
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey shows that those who increased frequency of telework had higher income and education and better health.
Many American Households Use Stimulus Payments to Pay Down Debt
Millions of Americans are poised to receive a third stimulus check, one of the benefits of the American Rescue Plan Act. Many have used stimulus to pay debt.
Unequally Essential: Women and Gender Pay Gap During COVID-19
On the eve of Equal Pay Day and as the nation recognizes Women’s History Month, Census Bureau data show women still face pay disparities across occupations.
Putting Economic Impact of Pandemic in Context
Historical data on unemployment and economic sectors show the magnitude of COVID-19’s economic impact.
Despite Unemployment Insurance, Many Households Struggle to Meet Basic Needs
The Household Pulse Survey shows that 31.2% of households that used unemployment insurance reported a very difficult time paying for usual household expenses.
Indirect Impact of COVID-19 Results in Higher Pandemic Death Toll
Independent Census Bureau research shows racial disparities in U.S. COVID-19 mortality rates and a higher death toll indirectly related to the pandemic.
Fewer People Living in Poverty Areas in 2015-2019
The percentage of people living in poverty areas fell 6.6 percentage points since 2010-2014.
A New Way to Measure How Many Americans Work More Than One Job
The number of workers holding two or more jobs has increased from 1996 to 2018. The Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics tracks the growth.
Demographic SNAPshot: Not Everyone Eligible for Food Assistance Program Receives Benefits
A new data visualization shows the demographic characteristics of people eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and those who receive it.
Can Data and Tech Help Solve Environmental Issues?
The Census Bureau's Opportunity Project celebrates its fifth anniversary with four tech development sprints to create solutions to environmental...
Gaps in the Wealth of Americans by Household Type in 2017
The recently released Survey of Income Program Participation shows household wealth gaps. Home equity and retirement accounts make up 61.7% of household wealth.
Children in Poverty Less Likely to Participate in Sports, Gifted Programs
New U.S. Census Bureau survey highlights the impact that poverty has on school-aged children’s involvement in extracurricular activities.
Same-Sex Married Couples Have Higher Income Than Opposite-Sex Married Couples
The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey releases data on income and poverty levels of same-sex couples.
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%.