Poverty Data Resource Guide

This fall, the U.S. Census Bureau will release a series of official income, poverty and health insurance estimates for 2014.  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. To follow the national conversation on Twitter as the new numbers are released, use the #TalkPoverty hashtag. Click here to access last year’s resources on the 2013 data. Below is a summary of the poverty information that will be available this fall and the release dates:  

  • The Current Population Survey (CPS)– 2014 income, poverty and health insurance estimates— provides the official annual statistics on the nation's income and poverty levels and a monthly snapshot of employment levels. The Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC), released alongside the CPS, includes additional data on educational attainment, employee benefits, work schedules, health insurance and noncash benefits and migration. The CPS will be released on Wednesday, September 16, 2015—“Poverty Data Day” as it is often referred to in the advocacy community.

  • 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 2014 ACS, including income and poverty estimates, will be released on Thursday, September 17, 2015

  • 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 Adam Bradley at adam@thehatchergroup.com.   



Coalition on Human Needs
  • September 9: The Coalition on Human Needs will host a webinar on how to navigate the new poverty data to get accurate information on states and communities, as well as how to use it for advocacy and policy. Presenters include Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Deborah Weinstein, executive director of the Coalition on Human Needs. The webinar will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. Click here to register.

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