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


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. Both the official poverty rate and the SPM poverty rate remained statistically unchanged from 2010 to 2011. [4 PDF pages]

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