Category Archives: Poverty

How the Census Bureau Measures Income and Poverty

Written by: David Johnson Note: This is an updated  version of a blog that ran last year. It provides important information on when to use statistics from the Current Population Survey and when to use them from the American Community … Continue reading

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When Off-Campus College Students are Excluded, Poverty Rates Fall in Many College Towns

Written by: Alemayehu Bishaw What happens to the poverty rate of a community when you exclude college students who live off-campus? A new working paper, Examining the Effect of Off-Campus College Students on Poverty Rates, using  American Community Survey data … Continue reading

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Poverty Rates by State: Does the Measure Matter?

Written by: Kathleen Short In November 2011, the Census Bureau, with support from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released the first set of estimates for the research supplemental poverty measure as suggested by an interagency technical working group. Today, the … Continue reading

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What is the Supplemental Poverty Measure and How Does it Differ from the Official Measure?

Written by: Trudi Renwick Since the publication of the first official U.S. poverty estimates in 1964, there has been a continuing debate about the best approach to measure income and poverty in the United States. An interagency technical working group … Continue reading

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2011 American Community Survey Estimates Tell Us about our Communities

Written by: James B. Treat Do you want to know more about statistics for your local community, such as educational attainment, how many people have health insurance, poverty rates or commute times? Have you ever wondered what the median income … Continue reading

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