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2012 State Poverty Data from 2 Sources

Posted by LMI Win-Win Network - On September 19, 2013 (EST)

2012 State Poverty Data from 2 Sources

The U.S. Census Bureau has issued 2012 state-specific poverty rates from two sources, the longstanding Current Population Survey (CPS) and the newer American Community Survey (ACS, which is based on a much larger sample size). The U.S. Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has also created a comparative chart showing national poverty rates from both sources, as the differences between the two are likely to confuse users.

Poverty: 2000 to 2012 (ACS) includes state poverty rates for each year from 2000 through 2012 (p. 14), as well as data for the identical years for those in severe poverty (50 percent of the poverty threshold, p. 15) and including the near-poor (125 percent of the poverty threshold, p. 16). ACS data are also provided for the nation’s 25 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas for 2011 and 2012 (pp. 11-12). Only the ACS includes poverty data for Puerto Rico (p. 3).

Although not available in the form of a narrative report as are the ACS data described above, the Census Bureau’s Web site provides state-specific poverty rates for persons from the CPS at Historical Poverty Tables - People — see the links for Tables 19 (covering 2010-12 as well as 2- and 3-year combined averages, useful for less populous states) and 21 (with annual data from 1980-2012).

ETA’s tables comparing national ACS and CPS poverty rates for 2000 (the first year of ACS data) through 2012 are available at Poverty Rates and the Working Poor, which also includes national poverty rates from 1947 forward and poverty rates for workers from 1986 forward.

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