Poverty Data Resource Guide

This fall, the U.S. Census Bureau will release a series of official income, poverty and health insurance estimates for 2013. 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.

On September 16, 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.

Below is a summary of other poverty information that will be available this fall and the release dates: 

  • The American Community Survey (ACS) provides one-year estimates on socioeconomic,housing and demographic data. Estimates will be available for the nation, 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.  The 2011 ACS, including income and poverty estimates, will be released on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

  • The Supplemental Poverty Measure (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. This year’s release of SPM data is to be determined.

 To add your organization as a resource in this guide, please contact Tamanna Mansury at Tamanna@thehatchergroup.com. Click here to access last year’s resources on the 2012 data.

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.





The Brookings Institution
Center for American Progress 

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Children's Defense Fund 

Coalition on Human Needs
Economic Policy Institute

National Women's Law Center 

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