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Poverty & Economic Mobility

ASPE releases the annual U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines, which are used to determine financial eligibility for some Federal programs. Presented here are the poverty lines for every State and the District of Columbia. You will also find extensive resources on poverty estimates, trends, and analysis, plus historical information on poverty and the Guidelines. More broadly, this section also encompasses issues like poverty and income dynamics, and asset building and financial literacy.


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The Health of Disconnected Low-Income Men

July 31, 2013
This brief, part of a series on disconnected low-income men, examines their health insurance coverage and health status using data from the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) with some additional information provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Geographic Variation in the Cost of Living: Implications for the Poverty Guidelines and Program Eligibility

May 31, 2013
This report, prepared by the Urban Institute, provides a thorough review of the literature on the extent of price variation across geographic areas, an assessment of the available indices to use to adjust the poverty guidelines for geographic price variation, and trial estimates of how geographically adjusted poverty guidelines would affect program eligibility and federal and state costs.

Information on Research Supplemental Poverty Measure. A Summary of 2012 Current Population Survey Data

October 31, 2012
This ASPE Issue Brief provides information on the research Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) calculated by the Census Bureau. In 2011, 16.1 percent of the U.S. population was poor using the SPM, representing 49.7 million individuals. This compares to 15.1 percent of the U.S. population, or 46.6 million individuals, under the official measure.

Inside the Black Box of Interactions Between Programs and Participants

October 11, 2012
This report is scheduled for release in mid March. It is the final report of a project exploring evidence-based strategies for reliably identifying subgroups of low-income fathers at the outset of evaluations.