The Uninsured in the March 1998 Current Population Survey: Charts from Tabulations by ASPE. Summary


  • The uninsured represent on average 16% of the population of the United States.
  • In the following charts, one theme is dominant. Those persons who are otherwise in need tend also to be without health insurance.
  • About a third of Hispanics were without health insurance in 1997.
  • 44% of non-Citizens were uninsured.
  • Almost a third of persons in poverty and a quarter of persons near poverty were uninsured.
  • 44% of adults aged 18-64 who had completed less than the ninth grade, a third of those who had completed grades nine to 11, and a fifth of those with only a high school diploma were uninsured.
  • Living in a nuclear family seems to be associated with being uninsured. Widowed, divorced, separated, and never married adults aged 18-64 had relatively high probabilities of being uninsured.
  • Persons living in the South and West have somewhat higher probabilities of being uninsured than those in the rest of the Nation.
  • Even those clearly not in need, however, included uninsured persons.
  • 7% of Persons with family incomes of five times poverty or higher were uninsured.
  • 10% of college graduates and 7% of persons with graduate training were uninsured. These percentages are for persons 18-64 only.
  • Similarly, some 9% of the uninsured were college graduates or have some graduate training.
  • 7% of the uninsured in 1997 had incomes of five times poverty or higher.