The Census Bureau has released the 2010 report on poverty in America. Follow this site for in depth reports, and lots of charts, on this topic during the next week.
For the 2002 report, the category the Census Bureau called “Black” was changed to read “Black alone” and a new category was added called “Black alone or in combination”. For this piece, the data was drawn from the first two categories.
Black poverty in America is tied to two measures, the unemployment rate and the poverty rate for single mom families. Despite the existence of deep poverty in America’s black community, the historical rates are much lower than in the 1960′s. The trend has continued for the last twenty years, which saw a record low for the black poverty rate.
The 2010 poverty report reveals the following about blacks and black families in America.
- Of the just under 40 million black in the United States, 31.4 million live in families. That is 81%.
- 14.2 million blacks live in families with a female head of household and no husband present. That represents 37% of all American blacks.
- 10.7 million blacks in America live in poverty. 27.4%.
- 26% of those living in black families live in poverty.
- 41% of those living in black single mom households live in poverty.
- A staggering 54.6% of all black Americans in poverty live in single mom homes.
Future pieces in this series will examine poverty in America by race, by citizenship and will also look at wage equity for women.
All charts were prepared from the data in the report by Charles Simmins.