Poverty Day 2017

For Second Consecutive Year, Poverty Lower and Incomes Higher: Reactions to the 2017 Census Data

censusOn September 12, 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual report on incomes and poverty in the United States. Last year saw one of the largest annual declines in the official poverty rate in decades, with a drop from 14.8% in 2014 to 13.5% in 2015. This year, the Census Bureau reported that the official poverty rate fell again to 12.7% in 2016. The total number of Americans living in poverty fell to 40.6 million, down sharply from the 2014 peak of 46.7 million. The median household income rose by 3.2 percent, to $59,000. And the proportion of uninsured Americans fell to 8.8 percent, an historic low.

How did activists, researchers, and policymakers from across the political spectrum react to this latest round of data? We’re rounding it all up for you.

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U.S. Census Bureau

Press Release (en Español)

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2016

Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2016

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2016

2016 American Community Survey

From Spotlight

Work Supports are Key for Further Progress on Poverty — by Angela Rachidi, American Enterprise Institute

Census Data Show We’re Finally Back to Pre-Recession Poverty Levels. Trump’s Budget Risks Erasing Those Gains. — by Rebecca Vallas, Center for American Progress

News Coverage

The Atlantic:  New Census Data Shows More Americans Emerging from Poverty

Washington Post: No wonder so many American men feel like they’re falling behind. They earn as much as they did in 1972.

U.S. News & World Report: American Household Income Finally Topped 1999 Peak Last Year

Washington Examiner: Median Household Incomes Hit New Record High in 2016, Finally Eclipsing 1999 Levels

MarketWatch: Poverty Rate Drops As Median Income Climbs over 3%

CNNMoney: The Middle Class Gets Another Raise

Reuters: U.S. Poverty Rate Falls, Median Income Rises in 2016: Census

Philadelphia Inquirer: Income Up, Poverty Down across the U.S.

Bloomberg: U.S. Household Incomes Rose to Record in 2016 as Poverty Fell

Washington Post: U.S. Median Income Hit $59,039 in 2016, the Highest Ever Reported by Census Bureau

The Hill: U.S. Median Income Hits All-Time High

American Enterprise Institute

Poverty Report Highlights the Importance of Work

California Budget & Policy Center

New Census Figures Show That 1 in 5 Californians Struggle to Get By

STATEMENT: We Must Do More to Give All Californians Pathways to Economic Security

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

STATEMENT: Census Data Show Largest Two-Year Income Gain in Five Decades, Progress Against Poverty in 2016

Center for American Progress

STATEMENT: CAP’s Melissa Boteach on Census Poverty Data Release

Census Data Show How Budget Proposals Put Economic Security of American Families at Risk

Center for Law & Social Policy

Child & Adult Poverty Down in 2016 — But Policy, Budget Upheavals Risk Increase in 2017 and Beyond

Infographic: 2016 Census Data on Poverty

Coalition on Human Needs

2.5 Million Fewer Poor People in 2016; Now-Threatened Programs Made the Difference

Economic Policy Institute

By the Numbers: Income and Poverty, 2016

Income Growth in 2016 Is Strong, But Not As Strong As 2015 and More Uneven

National Women’s Law Center

STATEMENT: Wage Gap Remains Unchanged, Continuing to Shortchange Women and Their Families