Latest stats: National poverty rate down, median household income on the rise

Aaron Brown
September 15, 2017

"But I think better across-the-board earnings growth would have made this year's income report unambiguously excellent news, much like we saw in 2015", she added.

The Census Bureau's "Supplemental Poverty Measure" looks at the burden placed on households such as housing, taxes and medical costs.

Syracuse stood out for the wrong reasons. In 2007, the poverty rate was 12.5 percent.

The median household income was $59,000 in 2016, an increase of 3.2 percent, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.

Several social-justice activists also cautioned that the latest federal data tells only part of the story, with too many New Jerseyans continuing to struggle to survive in this high-cost state. At 12.7 percent, the 2016 poverty rate is not statistically different from 2007 (12.5 percent), the year before the most recent recession.

Buffalo's declined from 33 percent to 30.5 percent, ranking 23 in the nation.

Income has grown fastest for Black and Latinx households for the second year in a row.

The Liberal government's new child benefit was created to slash child poverty rates further, particularly in places like Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which had the highest provincial child poverty rate at 22.2 per cent. Those percentages are consistent with trends since 2009 in Syracuse.

Keep that last graph in mind the next time you see a mainstream publication suggest that Paul Ryan genuinely cares about America's poor.

"We also put it at the end of the questionnaire and people get exhausted", said Olson. The average income in that group was more than $375,000, up more than 5.5% from 2015. "It's working, but we need to let people know it's available". Some 40.6 million of people were in poverty past year, 2.5 million fewer than in 2015.

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Julian West, of Phoenix, is one of the many Americans whose lives improved dramatically past year. Now, a quick definition here - a family of two adults and two children officially lives in poverty if its annual income is $24,339 or less.

The increased number of older Americans living in poverty could be due to the aging of the baby boomer generation, Americans born between 1946 and 1964.

Median household income rose to just over $59,000 in 2016, up 3.2% from a year earlier, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Tuesday.

But U.S. Census estimates released Thursday also underlined a familiar narrative of income inequality within the state's borders: Some Texans of color continue to be left behind when it comes to economic improvement. Last year, 6.4 percent of non-Hispanic whites were living below the poverty limit, compared with 18.6 percent of Hispanics and 17.4 percent of blacks.

The poverty rate dropped in President Barack Obama's final year of office as median household income rose to a record high last year.

For now, though, the economy is returning to pre-recession levels, as indicated by several benchmarks.

"Real median household income has finally completed its nine-year slog of digging out of the ditch", says IHS Markit economist Chris Christopher.

The study by Rutgers professor Paul Jargowsky found poverty in Syracuse had spread out from the city's core to the Near South, Near Southwest and North Side.

The Census Bureau said that because of changes in reporting income from this survey, it was not making comparisons to data before 2013.

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