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.
Quick takes on the Census report.
Income equality between women and men is unchanged from 2009, at 77%. Record was set under George Bush in 2008, 77.1%. Median income for single mom households fell 3.3%. Median income for blacks fell 3.2%. Median income in a home with a disabled householder fell 8.5%.
Poverty rate at its highest level since 1993. Since 1965, only one year has been higher, 1983, 15.2%. Those 18-24 registered the biggest increase in poverty from 2009, 21.9%. Poverty declined in areas outside MSA’s (cities and burbs).
Obama’s claim will be that in nearly every year after the end of a recession, poverty rate increased. The 2010 increase is the largest since 1980, and of the eight recessions cited, 3 rates declined (prior to 1980). The number of people in poverty is 33% higher than after any other recession.
5.7 million non-citizens live in poverty, increase of 1.5%. 27% of all non-citizens live in poverty, and they are 15% of all (citizens and non-citizens) living in poverty.
900,000 more ppl did not have health insurance in 2010 than 2009, though the overall percentage was unchanged at 16.3%. 35% of non-citizens have no health insurance. 8% of households making $75k or more are uninsured.
15.9% of population receiving Medicaid, 14.5% Medicare.