Information on Poverty and Income Statistics: A Summary of 2011 Current Population Survey Data. Poverty Rates for All Persons, 1979 to 2010

09/13/2011

Figure 6. Poverty Rates for All Persons, 1979 to 2010, shows the percentage of all persons in poverty from 1979 through 2010 for all persons, African-Americans, and Hispanics. These have the pattern of rising to a peak in 1982, then declining until 1985, then remaining fairly constant until they start to rise in 1990 and a peak in 1993, then declining until 2000, and then fairly constant until 2007 when they begin to rise.

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

Historical Poverty Rates for All Persons

  • The percentage of all persons living in poverty in 2010, 15.1 percent, was at or above the poverty rates experienced during the 1980s and 1990s.
  • In calendar year 2010, the poverty rate for all African-American persons was 27.4 percent.  This is up significantly from 25.9 percent in 2009, but it is below the recent peak poverty rate of 33.4 percent attained in 1992.
  • In calendar year 2010, the poverty rate for all Hispanic persons was 26.6 percent.  This is up significantly from 25.3 percent in 2009, but well below the peak poverty rate of 30.7 percent in 1994.

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