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Poverty, uninsured on the rise

Poverty is on the increase and income is on the decline, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Tuesday.

The nation’s official poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2009 ─ the third consecutive annual increase in the poverty rate. There were 46.2 million people in poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009 ─ the fourth consecutive annual increase and the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published. (See our interactive poverty map

 Real median household income in the United States in 2010 was $49,445, a 2.3 percent decline from the 2009 median. 

The number of people without health insurance coverage rose from 49.0 million in 2009 to 49.9 million in 2010, while the percentage without coverage −16.3 percent – was not statistically different from the rate in 2009. (See our interactive insurance coverage map)

These findings are contained in the report Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010.

 

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