16% Americans live in Poverty State and Local Poverty and Income Data Online
On September 20, 2012, the Census Bureau released American Community Survey (ACS) data for 2011, with reports that include state and metropolitan area poverty and income, as well as a separate report showing health insurance coverage for 19 to 25 year olds – an age group that gained health care coverage through the new health care law.
Some key findings include:
More than 48 million Americans poor in 2011, up 2.2 million from the previous year, or 15.9 % of all Americans;
New Jersey, at 10.4%, is one of 5 states with the lowest poverty rate. The others include : New Hampshire, 8.8%; Maryland, 10.1%; Alaska, 10.5%; and Connecticut, 10.9%;
New Jersey’s child poverty rate is 14.5%;
In 12 states plus the District of Columbia, more than one-quarter of children were poor;
8% of New Jersey’s families live in poverty; and
New Jersey’s median income is $67,458.
While New Jersey’s poverty and child poverty numbers are below the national average, they still remain at unacceptably high levels.
The new data clearly show more people insured in the age group (19-25 year olds) now allowed to be covered in their parents’ health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.; and
In contrast, the proportion without health coverage grew among 26-29 year olds, who cannot be part of their parents’ plans.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has compiled state tables compiled by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
The tables show comparisons over time (2001, 2007, and 2011). Comparing 2007 to 2011 shows the difference between the period just before the recession started and a few years after the recession’s official end in 2009.