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America Counts: Stories about Income & Poverty

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U.S. Poverty Rate Varies by Age Groups
The poverty rate for the nation’s oldest populations was lower than for the youngest but increased in 2022 while child poverty decreased.
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Most Parents Don’t Have Any Formal Child Care Arrangements
The Household Pulse Survey shows that 1 in 5 parents relied on a relative for child care.
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2022 Income Inequality Decreased for First Time Since 2007
U.S. Census Bureau income data released today show declines in real income at the middle and top of the income distribution from 2021 to 2022.
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Black Individuals Had Record Low Official Poverty Rate in 2022
New U.S. Census Bureau data show the official poverty rate for Black individuals and Black children hit record lows in 2022.
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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.
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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.
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Same-Sex Married Couples Less Likely to Be Same Age, Race, Ethnicity
Survey data reveal patterns of social and economic similarity between same- and opposite-sex spouses.
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Almost a Quarter of U.S. Population Vulnerable to Rising Heat
Climate-focused data product finds that social factors contribute to low resilience to extreme heat exposure for almost 1 in 4 individuals in the United States.
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Owning or Renting the American Dream
In recognition of American Housing Month and National Homeownership Month, we explore housing data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
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U.S. Adults Provided $17.5 Billion in Support to Parents in 2020
Almost as many U.S. adults voluntarily provided financial support to parents as those who paid mandatory child support.
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How Socially Vulnerable Is Puerto Rico to Disasters?
All municipios and 87% of census tracts in Puerto Rico showed higher social vulnerability than the United States.
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¿Cuánta vulnerabilidad social ante desastres tiene Puerto Rico?
Todos los municipios y el 87 % de los sectores censales en Puerto Rico muestran una mayor vulnerabilidad social que los Estados Unidos.
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Persistent Poverty: Identifying Areas With Long-Term High Poverty
U.S. Census Bureau research introduces a proposed expanded definition of persistent poverty at subcounty levels.
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How Long Does It Take Renters to Find a Place?
The 2021 American Housing Survey shows that 58.5% of renters who moved between 2019 and 2021 found a new place to live in less than a month.
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Examining Equity in COVID-19 Stimulus Payments
New research by the Census Bureau, Treasury, and IRS examines variation in receipt of payments across race and ethnic groups.
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Opportunities for Marriage, Partnership Shape Women’s Family Incomes
White women were more likely than Black women of the same economic background to have access to more income from spouses and partners.
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Impact of the End of Extra SNAP Benefits
About 1 in 4 households in states that gave SNAP emergency benefits during the pandemic report not having enough to eat now that extra funding has ended.
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More People in All Race/Ethnic Groups Worked From Home 2019-2021
The number of White, Black, Asian and Hispanic home-based workers more than doubled.
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Coastal and Large Counties More Distressed Than Other U.S. Areas
Two government measures of communities’ distress, based on different social and economic factors, show which counties are most vulnerable when disasters hit.
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Low-Income Renters Spent Larger Share of Income on Rent in 2021
The percentage of household income spent on rent plus utilities increased from 2019 to 2021 and renters with the lowest annual income saw the largest spikes.
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How Have State Official Poverty Rates Changed Over 10 Years?
A new Census Bureau historical table shows that 40 states and the District of Columbia had lower official poverty rates in 2019-2021 than in 2009-2011.
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Volunteering in America: New U.S. Census Bureau, AmeriCorps Research
A Census Bureau and AmeriCorps survey provides the most comprehensive data on volunteering and civic engagement by state and within the largest 12 metro areas.
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Nearly One in Three Mississippians Eligible for Food Assistance
An updated visualization shows characteristics of those who receive or are eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in counties in several states.
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The Stories U.S. Census Bureau Data Told in 2022
A look at some of the America Counts stories that revealed shifts in our population, from growing diversity and declining poverty to where and how we live.
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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.
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Homeownership by Young Households Below Pre-Great Recession Levels
Homeownership among households headed by adults ages 25-34 was highest at the start of the Great Recession and had not returned to those high levels in 2019.
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How Resilient Are Communities Along the U.S.-Mexico Border?
The Community Resilience Estimates show that more people living in the 44 counties along the U.S.-Mexico border are less resilient than the nation as a whole.
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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.
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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.
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Dificultades materiales y desigualdades de riqueza entre grupos hispanos
En el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, nuevos datos de la Oficina del Censo destacan las diferencias en el bienestar de los grupos de origen hispano.
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Hardships and Wealth Disparities Across Hispanic Groups
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we analyze new U.S. Census Bureau data that looks at differences in well-being across detailed Hispanic origin groups.
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Who Is Impacted by Student Loan Forgiveness and How?
New Survey of Income and Program Participation data show who has student loan debt and how much they had after the COVID-19 pause in payments.
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Uninsured Rate Declined in 28 States 2019-2021
Today’s release of the 2021 American Community Survey 1-year estimates shows increase in public health coverage in 36 states.
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2021 Income Inequality Increased for First Time Since 2011
U.S. Census Bureau’s income data released today show widening income inequality from 2020 to 2021.
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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.
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Full-Time, Year-Round Workers More Likely to be Uninsured in 2021
The uninsured rate of those who worked less than full time, year-round dropped 1.2 percentage points from 2020 to 2021 as public coverage increased.
Page Last Revised - November 21, 2021
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