Data Collection: Census Releases 2014 Poverty and Income Data

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released new poverty and income data for 2014. In 2014, the nation’s official poverty rate was 14.8 percent—representing 46.7 million people living in poverty—and median household income was $53,657. The Census found no statistically significant change from 2013 in either real median household income or the official poverty rate. In 2014, for people aged 18 to 64 with a disability, the poverty rate was 28.5 percent, not statistically different from 2013. The new Census data also found that in 2014, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage declined to 10.4 percent, down from 13.3 percent in 2013 – representing 33.0 million people without health insurance in 2013 compared to 41.8 million in 2013. Additionally, in 2014, non-elderly adults with disabilities were more likely to have health insurances than those without a disability: 89.0 percent of adults aged 18 to 64 years with a disability had insurance coverage, compared to 85.5 percent of adults without a disability. Visit the Census web site to access the full findings.

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