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The Associated Press, December 9, 2011: Income gap widens within the black community

"What happens within the black community when the gap widens between the poor and the affluent? That's one question raised by new census data showing well-off African-Americans leaving cities for the suburbs and the South while the ranks of the black poor grow larger."

The Asheville Citizen-Times, December 5, 2011: Buncombe poverty rises

"The Great Recession pushed Buncombe County residents into poverty more rapidly than Americans as a whole, U.S. Census Bureau figures suggest. Buncombe County's poverty rate reached 17.1 percent last year while the national rate stood at 15.3 percent, according to Census Bureau estimates released last week."

The Lufkin News, December 4, 2011: Census: One in four Angelina County children lives in poverty

"According to estimates by the Census Bureau released this past week, 15,921 Angelina County residents, including 6,178 children, were living below the poverty threshold in 2010."

The Beacon News, December 1, 2011: Poverty rates rise among area school kids

"Poverty rates among school-age children have increased in Kane, Kendall, DuPage and all of the collar counties since the start of the recession, according to U.S. Census data released this week."

Belleville News-Democrat, November 30, 2011: Census: Monroe County has one of lowest poverty rates in Midwest

"Monroe County has one of the lowest poverty rates in the Midwest, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's small area income and poverty estimates for local school districts and counties across the nation."

Connecticut Post, November 30, 2011: Child poverty shows increase in Alabama

"The U.S. Census Bureau says more than one in four Alabama children live in poverty, and that the figure has increased since the economic downturn began in 2007."

Chattanooga Times Free Press, November 30, 2011: School-age poverty rises across region

"Local educators began to suspect an increase in school-age poverty by watching cafeteria lunch lines. Social workers in aid agencies noticed an uptick in the number of families seeking food and holiday help. A U.S. Census Bureau report released Tuesday confirmed what those closest to school-age children have been seeing -- poverty levels among those ages 5 to 17 are increasing."

The New York Times, November 24, 2011: (Editorial) The Poor, the Near Poor and You

"The Times's Jason DeParle, Robert Gebeloff and Sabrina Tavernise reported recently on Census data showing that 49.1 million Americans are below the poverty line -- in general, $24,343 for a family of four. An additional 51 million are in the next category, which they termed ''near poor'' -- with incomes less than 50 percent above the poverty line."

The New York Times, November 19, 2011: The near poor: Older, married, suburban, struggling

"These Americans form a down-but-not-quite-out group -- sometimes called "near poor" and sometimes simply overlooked -- and a new count suggests they are far more numerous than previously understood."

Los Angeles Times, November 18, 2011: More Americans live past 90, Census says

"The demographic numbers paint a grim picture. Poverty becomes increasingly more likely as a person ages, according to the report. From 2006 to 2008, 14.5% of people 90 and older lived in poverty."

Rueters, November 18, 2011: More than 1 in 5 U.S. children poor, Census says

"The number of children in the United States considered poor rose by 1 million in 2010, the U.S. Census said on Thursday, with more than one in five of the youngest Americans now living in poverty."

Wyckoff Patch, November 17, 2011: County Poverty Rate Rose 69 Percent over 20 Years

"Along with other suburban communities throughout the United States, Bergen County, New Jersey is scrambling to address a dramatic increase in poor and homeless families, according to “New Jersey Faces New Poverty: Rising Family Homelessness in Bergen County,” a report (attached) released by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessnes"

Charlotte Observer, November 14, 2011: New measure offers fuller picture of the nation's poor

"The flaws built into the Census Bureau's official estimates of poverty in the United States never have been a secret. Specialists in the economics of poverty - nonprofit service organizations, public service officials, academics, statisticians, even the Census Bureau itself - recognized the inadequacies of the oversimplified estimates almost from the moment they were developed in the 1960s."

Detroit Free Press, November 10, 2011: Public transportation can be life-changer for region

"This is especially vital in Detroit, where, according to a new Brookings Institution report, concentrated poverty rates rose faster than virtually anywhere else in the nation between 2005 and 2009. More than 300,000 people live in neighborhoods where at least 40% are below the poverty line, according to Brookings."

Forbes, November 9, 2011: The New US Poverty Numbers: Yes, Still Wrong

"Census has released their new Supplemental Poverty Measure and I’m afraid that people are still getting the points about US poverty wrong. The SPM does indeed cure some of the problems with the old measures which I discussed here. But it introduces a new and quite glaring error at the same time."

The San Francisco Chronicle, November 8, 2011: Modified yardstick says more people poor

"The question has immense relevance in determining programs and policies to help people make ends meet. A new formula released on Monday by the Census Bureau tries to draw a more realistic picture of poverty - and found that it's more prevalent than ever."

The Washington Post, November 8, 2011: Alternative poverty measure yields bleaker numbers

"The report found that 49.1 million Americans - 16 percent of the population - lived in poverty in 2010, which is higher than the 46.2 million Americans found to live in poverty by the official measure released in September."

USA TODAY, November 8, 2011: Debate brews over new method to measure poverty

"Debate over how the federal government measures poverty intensified Monday when the Census Bureau announced a second way to calculate the number of America's poor."

The San Francisco Chronicle, November 8, 2011: Seniors richer, so why a discount?

"The Pew report seemed somewhat at odds with a Census Bureau study released Monday showing that under a new, alternative way of measuring poverty that includes health care costs, 15.9 percent of Americans 65 and older are living in poverty, slightly higher than the 15.2 percent of Americans ages 18 to 64 living in poverty."

Los Angeles Times, November 8, 2011: New model finds more in poverty

"More than 49 million Americans live in poverty, an increase from previous counts that reflects heavy medical expenses for older people and high housing costs in Western states, especially California, according to new estimates announced Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau."

Newsday, November 8, 2011: New data show more are poor (Subscription Required)

"More Americans than thought - an estimated 2.5 million of them - were poor in 2010 under a new poverty calculation released by the U.S. Census Bureau yesterday that sought to address criticisms of the current measure many experts call outdated."

The Associated Press, November 8, 2011: Revised US formula gives fuller picture of who is poor, and why

"A record number of Americans - 49.1 million - are poor, based on a new census measure that for the first time takes into account rising medical costs and other expenses. The numbers released yesterday are part of a first-ever supplemental poverty measure aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty."

The Dallas Morning News, November 8, 2011: 49 million Americans in poverty, new measure shows; elderly hit hard by medical costs

"A new measure of poverty in the United States that includes in-kind income from programs like food stamps, out-of-pocket medical costs and regional housing expenses puts 49.1 million Americans below the poverty level -- 2.5 million more than the U.S. census reported in September."

The Associated Press, November 7, 2011: Census estimates show 49.1 million Americans live in poverty, more than previously known

"he ranks of America’s poor are greater than previously known, reaching a new level of 49.1 million — or 16 percent — due to rising medical costs and other expenses that make it harder for people to stay afloat, according to new census estimates."

Deseret Morning News, November 6, 2011: U.S. wealth gap between young and old is widest ever

"The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to an analysis of census data released Monday. While people typically accumulate assets as they age, this wealth gap is now more than double what it was in 2005 and nearly five times the 10-to-1 disparity a quarter-century ago, after adjusting for inflation."

Kennebec Journal, November 6, 2011: Poverty seen in all areas of state

"One in eight Mainers lived below the poverty line in 2010, according to recently released U.S. census data. Maine's poverty rate hit 12.5 percent in 2010, up from 11.4 percent the year before."

The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 5, 2011: (Editorial) Grim economy pushes more Americans into poverty

"The number of people living in neighborhoods with extreme poverty has grown by at least 2.2 million in the past decade, according to a troubling study released Thursday by the Brookings Institution."

The News Journal, November 5, 2011: (Op-Ed) New poverty measure could help those in need

"It didn't count the federal and state aid those counted as poor actually received. On the other side, it didn't take into consideration the hardships borne by the near poor, those who worked and earned too much for aid, but not enough to escape real poverty."

The New York Times, November 4, 2011: Study Finds Big Spike In Poorest In the U.S.

"The number of people living in neighborhoods of extreme poverty grew by a third over the past decade, according to a new report, erasing most of the gains from the 1990s when concentrated poverty declined."

The Columbus Dispatch, November 3, 2011: Not only are more Americans poor since 2000, but more of their neighborhoods are considered poor as distress spreads in metro areas

"The number of Columbus-area neighborhoods gripped by poverty continues to rise, and not only in the central city but in outlying areas as well. A report released today by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program says the number of census tracts showing extreme poverty in the city of Columbus increased from eight to 24 over 10 years."

Los Angeles Times, November 3, 2011: Portrait of poverty changes as workers, Latinos hit hard

"As demonstrations against the unequal concentration of wealth in the United States ratchet up, research provides a statistical look at that distribution: The number of people living in poverty has increased; where the poor live is changing; and the faces of those struggling to make ends meet are becoming more Latino, elderly and working-class."

Austin Business Journal, November 3, 2011: Report: Austin's poor population exeeds 45,000

"Some 45,435 people lived in extreme poverty tracts in the Austin metropolitan area in 2009, according to the Brookings Institution. That's a jump of almost double the amount in 2000."

Atlanta Business Chronicle, November 3, 2011: Metro Atlanta's extreme poverty down

"The number of people living in extreme poverty rose in the last decade, although metro Atlanta bucked that trend, liberal think tank Brookings Institution reported Thursday."

The Cincinnati Enquirer, November 3, 2011: City's childhood poverty third worst in nation

"Those five Bellamo youngsters are among the estimated 48 percent of the children in Cincinnati who give it the third-highest rate of childhood poverty, behind Detroit and Cleveland. The poverty level for a family of four in 2010 was $20,050."

The Associated Press, November 3, 2011: Poorest poor hit new record: 1 in 15 people

"The ranks of America's poorest poor have climbed to a record high - 1 in 15 people. About 20.5 million Americans, or 6.7 percent of the U.S. population, make up the poorest poor, defined as those at 50 percent or less of the official poverty level."

The New York Times, October 13, 2011: Dip in Birth Rates Reflects Recession, Report Suggests

"Birth rates in the United States declined sharply during the recession, according to a report by the Pew Research Center released Wednesday."

Ventura County Star, October 12, 2011: Life in food desert can be fattening

"The U.S. Agriculture Departmentdefines it as a census district where at least 20 percent of the inhabitants are below the poverty line and 33 percentlive more than a mile from the nearest supermarket."

Orlando Sentinel, October 10, 2011: Latino kids' poverty at historic high

"This is not an isolated incident. More Latino children are living in poverty in the United States -- 6.1 million in 2010 -- than children of any other demographic group, says a recently released Pew Hispanic Center report."

The Boston Globe, October 6, 2011: Poverty rates swell in region's large cities

"Longer lines at food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other public assistance community organizations are a reflection of the increasing number of Americans falling below the official poverty line. Recently released results from the US Census Bureau showed that the nation's poverty rate was 15.1 percent last year, the highest since 1993."

Marin Independent Journal, October 4, 2011: Report: cost of living rising sharply in Marin and Bay Area

"The report seeks to highlight the difficulties for many families that are not earning enough to keep up with rising costs, said Jenny Chung Mejia, center program manager. Such difficulties are not always reflected in the national poverty rate, which does not factor in regional differences in living costs, she said."

Contra Costa Times, October 4, 2011: Bay Area cost of living up 18 percent since 2008

"Census survey data released last month revealed that a record 11 percent of Bay Area residents and 16 percent of Californians are living in poverty, but the meaning of poverty -- and how to combat it -- have become politically charged topics with few easy answers."

Sarasota Herald Tribune, September 30, 2011: (Op-Ed) As nation struggles to recover, cherish education's value

"Almost everyone has felt the effects of the Great Recession but, without question, it has hit those on the lower end of the economic spectrum the hardest. In Florida, one in six people is living in poverty, the highest that measure has been in more than a decade, the Miami Herald reported earlier this month."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 29, 2011: Poverty threatens our future

We had asked social service agencies here in Pennsylvania what our organization could do to be most helpful and learned that rising poverty was endangering many women's safety -- some women simply cannot afford to leave a violent partner because they can't support themselves.

USA TODAY, September 29, 2011: The new faces of poverty

"The recession that led to an explosion in poverty began in December 2007 and ended -- officially, anyway -- in June 2009. It not only made the poor poorer, it snagged those who thought they had worked themselves out of poverty and blindsided those who never thought they would be caught in its net."

Springfield News-Leader, September 28, 2011: Student poverty rate increases

"Sensing an alarming trend, the Ozark School District commissioned a research company to shed light on the area's growing poverty rate."

The New York Times, September 27, 2011: Deep Recession Sharply Altered U.S. Jobless Map

"When the unemployment rate rose in most states last month, it underscored the extent to which the deep recession, the anemic recovery and the lingering crisis of joblessness are beginning to reshape the nation’s economic map."

The New York Times, September 27, 2011: Reading, Pa., Knew It Was Poor. Now It Knows Just How Poor.

"The exhausted mothers who come to the Second Street Learning Center here -- a day care provider for mostly low-income families -- speak of low wages, hard jobs and an economy gone bad."

Chicago Sun-Times, September 27, 2011: (Op-Ed) Jesse Jackson: Recapture the future LBJ saw for America

"Poverty is spreading in America. The numbers are numbing: 46 million people in poverty, a record number, one out of every seven Americans. Nearly 50 million go without health insurance. There are fewer payroll jobs now than in 2000."

The Washington Times, September 27, 2011: People in deep poverty up 20 percent since '07

"Virginia is home to four of 10 richest counties in the nation, yet the statewide child poverty rate is at its highest level since 1998 and the number of residents who live in deep poverty has jumped by more than 20 percent since 2007, according to newly released census data."

The Desert Sun, September 27, 2011: Are the poor too rich? Not in our east valley

"Is the idea that poor people have too much money a contradiction in terms? You'll have to ask The Heritage Foundation, a conservative "think tank." Recently, the foundation issued a report with the catchy title, "Air conditioning, cable TV and an Xbox. What Is Poverty in the United States today?""

Argus Leader, September 26, 2011: Poverty hitting S.D. children hard

"South Dakota children are hit hardest by poverty - more than any other age group, according to recently released 2010 Census numbers. And the state continues to have higher poverty rates for children under 18 compared to neighboring states."

Oshkosh Northwestern, September 26, 2011: Fewer living in poverty, but recession still taking toll

"Fewer Winnebago County families lived in poverty last year, but incomes still have a ways to climb before reaching pre-recession levels, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau."

Oshkosh Northwestern, September 25, 2011: Fewer living in poverty, but recession still taking toll

"The 2010 American Community Survey released last week estimates nearly 13 percent of families with children living in Winnebago County had incomes below the federal poverty line - currently set at $22,050 annually for a family of four."

Belleville News-Democrat, September 24, 2011: Poverty increases in metro-east

"Poverty rates in the metro-east have increased compared with 10 years ago, according to 2010 data the U.S. Census Bureau released this week. The increases, however, are not a significant change when compared with poverty rates in recent years."

The Ithaca Journal, September 23, 2011: Census shows rise in N.Y. poverty

"New York's poverty rate rose 5 percent between 2009 and 2010, while home values and median household income fell slightly, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday."

Newsday, September 22, 2011: Poverty on the rise on Long Island (Subscription Required)

"Reflecting a painful national trend, the number of Long Islanders living in poverty is rising and median household income is falling. More than 168,000 people lived under the federal poverty line last year in Nassau and Suffolk counties, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released today."

Detroit Free Press, September 22, 2011: Number of poor students surges -- even in wealthy cities

"More of the children attending schools in metro Detroit are living in poverty, a trend pronounced not just in urban areas but also in some of the tri-county's wealthier areas. Between 2006 and 2010 -- a period marked by a recession that rocked Michigan more than most states -- 19 school districts in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties saw increases of more than 100% in the number of poor children."

The Detroit News, September 22, 2011: More in Michigan fall into poverty

"Just as the nation was declaring the recession officially over last year, the landscape in Michigan was far from rosy: The poverty rate in 2010 was its highest in at least four decades, and incomes continued to fall as the economic shift away from manufacturing continued, new census data released this morning shows."

The Record, September 22, 2011: Incomes fall for New Jersey Families

"The state's poverty rate rose from 9.4 percent to 10.3 percent in 2010, the census also showed. Although that's still lower than the national rate of 15.1 percent, it means that 880,000 people lived in poverty last year in the nation's second-wealthiest state."

The San Francisco Chronicle, September 22, 2011: A few bright spots amid gloomy stats

"More grim economic news rolled out of the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday, but amid the numbers showing rising local poverty rates and a sinking California household income came one sliver of cheer for the Bay Area. This region didn't suffer as much as the rest of the state. Or even the nation as a whole."

The Philadelphia Daily News, September 22, 2011: In Philly, higher poverty, lower income

"More Philadelphians are living in poverty today than a decade ago, and the city's median household income has plummeted, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates being released today. This comes even as there are more city residents who have their high-school diploma or GED, and more who have a bachelor's degree."

The Baltimore Sun, September 22, 2011: 25% of baltimore living in poverty

"About one in four Baltimore residents is living in poverty, a one-year increase of more than 20 percent, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau."

St. Cloud Times, September 22, 2011: Data: More young, Elderly in poverty

"New data released today from the U.S. Census Bureau show a surprising dip in the estimated number of St. Cloud residents living in poverty last year, but a sharp increase in poor children and seniors. The results of the 2010 American Community Survey show an estimated 23.8 percent of people in St. Cloud had an annual income in the past year below the poverty line."

Orlando Sentinel, September 22, 2011: Area's household income has plunged since 2007 -- and poverty has soared

"Many Floridians do. Back before the recession, unemployment was low and incomes were peaking. Ortiz was making $80,000 a year as a full-time network-security engineer. He had money in the bank. He was saving for retirement."

CNN, September 22, 2011: Poverty an invisible issue in GOP race

"When the U.S. Census Bureau reported last week that a record number of people were living in poverty, Republicans were quick to attach the figures to President Barack Obama, desperately trying to lay them at his feet."

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, September 22, 2011: State poverty rate stabilized in 2010 Nationally, indicators worsened (Subscription Required)

"Higher percentages of Arkansans were unemployed, receiving food stamps or living in poverty last year than before the 2007 recession, but census numbers released today show those figures leveled off going into 2010."

Detroit Free Press, September 22, 2011: Mich. household income falls from 2009; more in poverty

"The first round of census data from the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS), released today, illustrates what Michigan residents are experiencing: Median household income fell 1.4% between 2009 and 2010, and nearly 1 in 4 children in the state live in poverty."

Courier News, September 22, 2011: Median incomes dip with recession

"The U.S. Census Bureau released figures Thursday that mirrored the national economic picture revealed last week: falling median incomes and rising poverty that economists say are tied to the poor job market."

Wausau Daily Herald, September 21, 2011: Report: Recession hits Marathon County children hard

"The number of Marathon County children living in poverty leapt 5 percent in the past decade, forcing families to make increasingly desperate decisions to provide basic necessities. At the same time, the ragged economy is stretching the resources of social service agencies that provide services for those needy families, often changing the nature of the help those agencies provide."

The New York Times, September 19, 2011: 2010 Data Show Surge in Poor Young Families

"More than one in three young families with children were living in poverty last year, according to an analysis of census data by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University. At 37 percent, it was the highest level on record for the group, surpassing the previous peak of 36 percent in 1993, according to the analysis by Ishwar Khatiwada, an economist at the center."

The Baltimore Sun, September 18, 2011: (Op-Ed) Latest poverty report shows the depth of the nation's economic woes and underscores the need for additional federal intervention

"Most troubling of all were the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau showing that the number of people living in poverty grew to 46.2 million in 2010, the most in the 52 years such numbers have been tracked. Collectively, that represents a 15.1 percent poverty rate, which was up from 14.3 percent in 2009."

The Washington Post, September 13, 2011: U.S. poverty rate reaches 15.1 percent

"College graduates are the fastest-growing group of consumers who have filed for bankruptcy protection in the past five years, according to a new study by a financial nonprofit group, which underscores the broad reach of the Great Recession"

Wall Street Journal, September 13, 2011: Household Income Falls, Poverty Rate Rises

"Reflecting the lingering impact of the recession, the U.S. poverty rate from 2007-2010 has now risen faster than during any three-year period since the early 1980s, when a crippling energy crisis amid government cutbacks contributed to inflation, spiraling interest rates and unemployment."

Los Angeles Times, September 13, 2011: Record 46.2 million Americans live in poverty, Census Bureau says

"High joblessness and the weak economic recovery pushed the ranks of the poor in the U.S. to 46.2 million in 2010 -- the fourth straight increase and the largest number of people living in poverty since record-keeping began 52 years ago, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday."

USA Today, September 13, 2011: Household income drops to lowest point since '96

"The median income of U.S. households fell 2.3% in 2010 to the lowest level since 1996 after adjusting for inflation, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday."

New York Daily News, September 13, 2011: One in six Americans live in poverty as rate climbs to 27-year high

"The 15.1% poverty rate, up from 14.3% in 2009, was at its highest level since 1983, according to the annual Census Bureau report released Tuesday."

Miami Herald, September 13, 2011: Florida's poverty rate rises

"Sixteen percent of Floridians were below the poverty level in 2010, up from 14.6 percent in 2009 reflecting a continuation of a steady climb in recent years."

Kansas City Star, September 13, 2011: Real household income fell 2.3 percent last year

"In its annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage, the U.S. Census Bureau said this morning that the largest drops in real median household income — 4.3 percent among 45- to 54-year-olds and 9.3 percent among 15- to 24-year-olds — was likely due to higher jobless rates."

New York Post, September 13, 2011: Record number of people in poverty in 2010, US Census Bureau says

"A record number of Americans were in poverty last year as households saw their income decrease, according to data released by the Census Bureau Tuesday demonstrating the weakness of the economy even after the recession ended."

Albany Times-Union, September 13, 2011: Georgia has 3rd highest poverty rate among states

"New Census data shows that Georgia's poverty rate was the third highest in the country in 2010, up two spots from last year, with more than 1.8 million residents counted among the poor."

New Jersey Today, September 13, 2011: NJ Poverty Rate Hits 10 percent – Highest Level Since 1993-94

"According to new data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, New Jersey’s poverty rate reached 10 percent in 2009-10, the highest it has been since 1993-94."

Associated Press, September 13, 2011: Nearly 1 in 6 Americans in poverty, Census says

"The ranks of the nation's poor have swelled to a record 46.2 million—nearly 1 in 6 Americans—as the prolonged pain of the recession leaves millions still struggling and out of work."

Reuters, September 13, 2011: Report: Number of US poor hit record 46 million in 2010

"The poverty rate in the United States climbed to 15.1 percent last year as the number of impoverished Americans swelled to a record 46.2 millon, the U.S. government said on Tuesday."

Sacramento Bee, September 13, 2011: Census: U.S. poverty rate hits 52-year high in 2010

"Continued high unemployment drove the number of Americans living in poverty to a 52-year high in 2010 and pushed the nation’s median household income down for the third straight year since the Great Recession first cast its ominous cloud over the nation’s economy."