The Census Department Just Released Some Shameful New Data About Poverty In America

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The Census Bureau data is out on 2010, and it confirmed the recession’s deep impact on Americans.

From the report:

  • Household income dropped under $50,000 since 2009 to $49,445
  • 46.2 million people were under poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009
  • That’s the largest number of people under poverty since 1959
  • The nation’s official poverty rate in 2010 jumped to 15.1 per cent, up from 14.3 per cent in 2009

The numbers go much further, telling a difficult story for many black and Hispanic Americans, who were some of the hardest impacted in 2010.

Average household income fell 2.3% from 2009 to $49,445

  • Household income fell below $50,000
  • To be classified under the poverty line, a family of four earned less than $22,113 in 2010
  • Since 2007, the number of full-time working men dropped by 6.6 million while the number of women declined by 2.8 million
  • Women who worked full time earned 77 cents on the dollar

Source: U.S. Cenus Bureau

2.6 million more people fell below the poverty line in 2010 - enough to fill Madison Square Garden 130 times

  • The poverty rate was the highest since 1993
  • In 2010, married-couple families under poverty increased 400,000 to 3.6 million
  • For family households with a female but no male present, 31.6% were in poverty, up from 29.9% in 2009
  • For families with a male householder but no female present, 880,000 remained under the poverty line.

Source: U.S. Cenus Bureau

South hit hardest, average median household income fell to $45,492, the lowest of all regions

  • Household earnings in the South fell to $45,492, down 1.9%
  • In the Northeast, the same figure dropped 1.2% to $53,283
  • For the Midwest and West, earnings declined to $48,445 and $53,142, respectively

Source: U.S. Cenus Bureau

Asians saw biggest percentage drop in income, but remained number one by race (earning $9,688 more than the next racial group)

  • The number of Asian households under poverty actually declined in 2010 to 12.1%
  • 1,729,000 Asians were under poverty

Source: U.S. Cenus Bureau

Hispanic and black households continued to earn the least, with $37,759 and $32,068, respectively

  • 10.6 million blacks were under the poverty line in 2010
  • 13.2 million Hispanics were under the poverty line in 2010
  • Both of those numbers increased from 2009, with more than 1.6 million more black and Hispanics in poverty

Source: U.S. Cenus Bureau

Foreign born citizens averaged a 2% drop in earnings, while non-citizen household earnings fell to $36,000

  • Native born households earned $50,288, down 2% from 2009
  • Foreign born naturalized citizen households earned $52,642, down 0.4% from 2009
  • Meanwhile, non citizen households earned $36,401, down 0.8%

Source: U.S. Cenus Bureau

Doubled-up households increased by 2.0 million to 21.8 million (this includes children moving back in with their parents post college)

  • 5.9 million young adults between 25-34 lived with their parents in 2010
  • That's up from 4.7 million in 2009 - or 2.3 percentage points
  • Children who moved back in with their parents benefited from shared resources and multiple incomes, qualifying only 8.4% of them under poverty
  • If these young adults had lived on their own, 45.3% would have an income below the poverty line

Source: U.S. Cenus Bureau

For children under 18, the poverty rate jumped to 22%

  • Those aged 15 to 24 saw wages decline 9%

Source: U.S. Cenus Bureau

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