September 28, 2010
Census Bureau Releases Income, Poverty DataThe U.S. Census Bureau today released the results of the 2009 American Community Survey. From the press release:
Median Household Income
- Real median household income in the United States fell between 2008 and 2009 — decreasing by 2.9 percent from $51,726 to $50,221.
- Between 2008 and 2009, real median household income decreased in 34 states and increased in one: North Dakota.
- Thirty-one states saw increases in both the number and percentage of people in poverty between 2008 and 2009.
- No state had a statistically significant decline in either the number in poverty or the poverty rate.
- Poverty: 2008 and 2009
- Household Income for States: 2008 and 2009
- Men’s and Women’s Earnings for States and Metropolitan Statistical Areas: 2009
Press and blogosphere coverage:
- The Atlantic, 4 Reasons Why the Income Gap Increased in 2009
- Bloomberg, Michigan, Florida Lead 34 States With Drop in Median Income, Census Says
- Huffington Post, Income Gap Widens: Census Finds Record Gap Between Rich And Poor
- New York Times, The Poorest States of America
- Time, Census: Record Gap Between Rich and Poor
- USA Today, U.S. Census Finds Record Income Gap Between Rich and Poor
- Washington Post, As 44 Million Americans Live in Poverty, a Crisis Grows
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