Poverty Data Resource Guide

This fall, the U.S. Census Bureau will release a series of official income, poverty and health insurance estimates for 2012.  During the next few months, Spotlight will post resources on this page to help journalists, policymakers and advocates locate timely analysis,statements and events examining the new data. Click here to access last year’s resources on the 2011 data. Below is a summary of the poverty information that will be available this fall and the release dates: 

·       On September 17, the Census Bureau released findings from the Current Population Survey, including new national data on poverty, income and health insurance coverage in the United States--the first in a series of data released this fall. On September 19, the Census released new socioeconomic, housing and demographic data from the 2012 American Community Survey, which includes estimates for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metropolitan area, and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more. On November 7, the Census released estimates under the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). The SPM addresses flaws in the current measure,which was developed in the early 1960s and does not factor in expenses such as child care and out of pocket medical expenses, and non-cash benefits such as food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit. The new measure serves as an additional indicator of economic well-being and provides a deeper understanding of economic conditions and the effectiveness of existing federal policies and programs. 

To add your organization as a resource in this guide, please contact Tamanna Mansury at Tamanna@thehatchergroup.com. 

In addition to this resource guide, Spotlight is participating in a national Twitter conversation  to highlight the importance of the new Census Bureau figures and raise awareness of poverty in the United States. The goal is to get as many people and organizations as possible to tweet about the new national poverty numbers. If your organization has a Twitter account, Spotlight asks that you tweet about the release of the data using the #TalkPoverty hashtag.





Read the latest news articles on the new poverty data


AARP Public Policy Institute
Bread for the World Institute

The Brookings Institution

The Carsey Institute
The Census Project
  • On September 23, The Census Project, in cooperation with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will host a briefing to highlight the importance of the American Community Survey (ACS) for decision-making in the public, business and nonprofit sectors. It will be held from 12-1:15 p.m. EDT at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Click here for more information.

Center for American Progress

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Center for the Study of Social Policy
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Coalition on Human Needs
Economic Policy Institute
Equal Voice News

Half in Ten
National Council of La Raza

National Women's Law Center

New America Foundation
Oxfam America
Pew Research Center
Urban Institute

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