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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Quick Facts from Newest Census Poverty Data

Jasmine V. Tucker, National Academy of Social Insurance

Today marks the release of new data from the Census Bureau on Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011. Some key points from the report are:

  • More than 1 out of 7 people lived in poverty in 2011, including more than 1 in 5 children, which is unchanged from 2010.
  • Social Security lifted 21.4 million people out of poverty in 2011 (including 1.1 million children), up from 20.2 million (including 1.1 million children) in 2010. 
  • Unemployment insurance lifted just 2.3 million people out of poverty in 2011 (including 600,000 children), down from 3.2 million (including nearly 900,000 children) in 2010.
  • The number of people who went without healthcare coverage declined from 50.0 million in 2010 to 46.8 million in 2011. The uninsured rate dropped from 16.3% in 2010 to 15.8% in 2011.
  • Real median household income declined 1.5% from $50,831 in 2010 to $50,054 in 2011.

For more on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage data, view the Census Bureau’s full report here and the webinar presentation here.

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