The Toll of Persistent Poverty

If your total income is deemed insufficient to purchase basic food, shelter, clothing and essential services, then you would be classified by the U.S. Census Bureau as “impoverished” – and you would not be alone.

Approximately 11% of counties in America are defined as “persistently poor” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (ERS), meaning that over 20% of their population has been living in poverty for the past 30 years. Over 85% of these persistently poor counties are regionally concentrated in the South. In these high-poverty counties, ERS reports that three quarters of the poor are …read more

New Data on Poverty, Same Old Problems?

English: Income inequality, United States, 1979-2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Last week the Census Bureau released the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS), the source of official national poverty estimates for 2012. This treasure trove of data lets the public explore a plethora of statistical measures of poverty at local, regional and national levels. But does this new data reveal anything we didn’t already know about poverty? Or are we faced with the same old problems.

Following is a list of some quick takeaways from the new Census Bureau data:

For the 11th …read more