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R44644 – Poverty in the United States in 2015: In Brief – 10/4/2016

R44644 – Poverty in the United States in 2015: In Brief – 10/4/2016 published on

Author: Joseph Dalaker, Analyst in Social Policy
Pages: 12

In this report, the numbers and percentages of those in poverty are based on the Census Bureau’s estimates. While the official measure is regarded as a statistical yardstick rather than as a complete description of what people and families need to live,1 it does offer a measure of economic hardship faced by the low-income population. The Census Bureau releases these poverty estimates every September for the prior calendar year. Hence, most of the comparisons discussed below are year-to-year comparisons. However, in addition to the most recent year’s data, a historical perspective is provided. This report will also present information on poverty for demographic groups (by family structure, age, race and Hispanic origin, and work status) and for states. Bills: H.R. 5278, H.R. 3838, H.R. 3448

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