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ASPE ISSUE BRIEF

Information on Poverty and Income Statistics:
A Summary of 2011 Current Population Survey Data

September 13, 2011

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Abstract
This brief summarizes information on income and poverty in 2010, based on data released by the Census Bureau.  Cited statistics include median household income in 2010, the number and rate of all persons in poverty, children in poverty, all persons and children under 50% of the poverty threshold, and African-American and Hispanic children in poverty from 2000 to 2010.  The data are based on information collected in the 2011 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC) conducted by the Census Bureau.

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Overview

The following charts summarize key points about the poverty data released September 13, 2011.

Poverty — All Persons
2000-2010

Figure 1. Poverty - All Persons, 2000-2010. See text and Long Description for more information.LD

Overall Poverty

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Child Poverty
2000 -2010

Figure 2. Child Poverty, 2000-2010. See text and Long Description for more information.LD

Child Poverty — All Children

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All Persons and Children Below 50% of Poverty
2000-2010

Figure 3. Al Persons and Children Below 50% of Poverty, 2000-2010. See text and Long Description for more information.LD

Deep Poverty

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African-American Child Poverty
2000 -2010

Figure 4. African-American child Poverty, 2000-2010. See text and Long Description for more information.LD

Note: In 2002, the Census Bureau began reporting data for people describing themselves as Black or African-American Alone and also Black or African-American Alone or in Combination with another race category.  The Black or African-American Alone or in Combination percentage is shown on the chart.  For 2010, the Black or African-American Alone percentage was 39.1 percent.

Child Poverty

Children in African-American and Hispanic Families

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Hispanic Child Poverty
2000-2010

Figure 5. Hispanic Child Poverty, 2000-2010. See text and Long Description for more information.LD

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Poverty — All Persons
1979-2010

Figure 6. Poverty - All Persons, 1979-2010. See text and Long Description for more information.LD

Historical Poverty Rates for All Persons


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Last updated:  09/14/2011