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Data On Your Community

Poverty rates vary across the nation, from state to state and community to community. Below, Spotlight has gathered key resources to help you learn more about poverty in your community. This list includes links to primary data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as other notable research focused on children, housing, asset building, hunger and more .

OFFICIAL POVERTY DATA FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT


  • Current Population Survey: Income, Poverty and Health Insurance in the United States: 2011
    U.S. Census Bureau
    An annual report on poverty rates, which includes national- and state-level data on income, poverty and health insurance from the Current Population Survey.

  • American Community Survey: Annual Income, Earnings and Poverty Report: 2010
    U.S. Census Bureau
    The American Community Survey annually provides figures on income, earnings and poverty for areas with populations of 65,000 or more.

  • Supplemental Poverty Measure Estimates 2011
  • National poverty and income data based on an alternative measure, which uses recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences.

    U.S. Census Bureau
    Data provided in the 2005-2007 American Community Survey (ACS) are based on figures collected between January 2005 and December 2007. Unlike the annual ACS data, this report provides figures for areas with populations of 20,000 or more.

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    OTHER KEY POVERTY DATA

    Children

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation
    The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center provides an annual assessment of the rate of poverty for children and families in America. The web site provides child well-being figures using several indicators such as health, education, income, family stability and violence. The Data Center offers information for states, cities, counties and school districts.
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    Children’s Defense Fund
    The State of America's Children 2012 compiles the most recent and reliable national and state-level data on a variety of indicators such as poverty, health, education nutrition and housing. It also provides state tables showing how children in your state are faring and how your state compares to other states in protecting children.

    The National Center on Family Homelessness
    The vast majority of America’s homeless children – 75 percent – reside in just 11 states, according to this report from the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH). America’s Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness follows up on a study released by NCFH 12 years ago and finds that the problem of child homelessness is getting worse. The Report Card takes a state-by-state look at the extent of child homelessness, well-being, risk factors and state policy efforts.

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    Housing

    National Low-Income Housing Coalition
    This report is a side-by-side comparison of wages and rents in every county, metropolitan area, combined nonmetropolitan area and state in the United States. For each jurisdiction, the report calculates the amount of money a household must earn in order to afford a rental unit in a range of sizes at the area’s Fair Market Rent (FMR), based on the generally accepted affordability standard of paying no more than 30% of income for housing costs. From these calculations the hourly wage a worker must earn to afford the FMR for a two-bedroom home is derived--this figure is the "housing wage."

    The National Center on Family Homelessness
    The vast majority of America’s homeless children – 75 percent – reside in just 11 states, according to this report from the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH). America’s Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness follows up on a study released by NCFH 12 years ago and finds that the problem of child homelessness is getting worse. The Report Card takes a state-by-state look at the extent of child homelessness, well-being, risk factors and state policy efforts.

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    Asset Building

    Corporation for Enterprise Development
    The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) scorecard measures the success of state policies in promoting asset building for low-income families. The Assets and Opportunity Scorecard evaluates all 50 states and the District of Columbia in six key areas: financial assets and income, business development, homeownership, health care, and education. CFED also also includes a state-by-state examination of 12 policy priorities, such as homebuyer assistance and payday lending protections, that can help residents build and protect their assets.

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    Hunger

    U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
    This tool from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service assess how food choices and diet quality are affected by a community’s environmental, economic and social characteristics. The Food Environment Atlas provides local- and state-level data across 90 indicators, including income and poverty, metro-nonmetro status, number of grocery stores, and rate of participation in food and nutrition assistance programs. Among the various functions of The Atlas is the ability for users to map out variations of a single indicator in communities across the country.

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    General Poverty Data

    Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
    The Sargent Shriver Center National Center on Poverty Law released the 2012 edition of the Poverty Scorecard, which grades Members of Congress on the most important poverty-related votes of the year.

    Half in Ten
    Half in Ten developed interactive maps to show poverty data by state and congressional district. The map shows both the poverty rate and number of people living in poverty for each state as well as each congressional district, breaking statistics down by race, gender, and age.

    Northwest Area Foundation
    This annual poll from the Northwest Area Foundation examines the public's perception of poverty in America. The survey was conducted among 4,004 Americans age 18 and older, from June 18 -- July 13, 2009. The survey provides national figures, as well as sate-level data for eight states: Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

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    American Human Development Project
    The Measure of America annual report is modeled on the United Nations Development Programme's worldwide Human Development Report. The report measures health, access to education and standard of living, and also breaks down results by state, congressional district, gender, race and ethnicity.

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