Tuesday, August 26, 2008

[EQ] Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States

Poverty and Income in 2007: A Look at the New Census Data and What the Numbers Mean

Household Income Rises, Poverty Rate Unchanged, Number of Uninsured Down

DeNavas-Walt, Carmen, Bernadette D. Proctor, and Jessica C. Smith
U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, P60-235, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance
Coverage in the United States: 2007, U.S. Government Printing Office
Washington, DC, August - 2008.

Available online PDF [84p.] at: http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/p60-235.pdf

Press Release: Tuesday, AUG. 26, 2008, 10:10 A.M. EDT

“…..Real median household income in the United States climbed 1.3 percent between 2006 and 2007, reaching $50,233, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the third annual increase in real median household income.

     Meanwhile, the nation’s official poverty rate in 2007 was 12.5 percent, not statistically different from 2006. There were 37.3 million people in poverty in 2007, up from 36.5 million in 2006. The number of people without health insurance coverage declined from 47 million (15.8 percent) in 2006 to 45.7 million (15.3 percent) in 2007.

     These findings are contained in the report Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007 The data were compiled from information collected in the 2008 Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC).

     Also released today were income, poverty and earnings data from the 2007 American Community Survey (ACS) for all states and congressional districts, as well as for metropolitan areas, counties, cities and American Indian/Alaska Native areas of 65,000 population or more


Reports and Data Tables

News Release | Spanish

Current Population Survey (CPS):


Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007 [PDF]


Income data


Poverty data


Health Insurance data

American Community Survey (ACS):


Income, Earnings and Poverty in the United States: 2007 [PDF]


Data tables




Stephen Buckner (Introduction)

David Johnson (Data presentation)
     Remarks | Slides [PDF 1.3M] 



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