For Second Consecutive Year, Poverty Lower and Incomes Higher: Reactions to the 2017 Census Data
On 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
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
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
Philadelphia Inquirer: Income Up, Poverty Down across the U.S.
The Hill: U.S. Median Income Hits All-Time High