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Erratum Note:

The U.S. Census Bureau identified an error in the input of Supplemental Poverty Measure thresholds for renters used in the 2016 Supplemental Poverty Measure data products. The base threshold should have been $26,104 and was erroneously entered as $26,014. This error affected the Supplemental Poverty Measure poverty status for 109 unweighted observations. As a result, the overall Supplemental Poverty Measure poverty rate was understated by 0.06 percentage points—13.91 in published tables compared to 13.97 percent. Corrected tables, research files and a revised report are available on our website.

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Soundbites

Overview of New Census Bureau Data on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage

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David Waddington, Division Chief, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"Fewer people are living in poverty. The percentage of people without health insurance declined and the real median household income rose. These are some of the key findings of new data released by the Census Bureau. Every fall, the Census Bureau releases three reports that look at these key measures. Governments use this information to gauge the social and economic well-being of our nation and make policy decisions."

Resumen De Los Nuevos Datos De La Oficina Del Censo Sobre Los Ingresos, Pobreza Y Cobertura De Seguro Medico

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Trudi Renwick, Assistant Division Chief, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"Menos gente está viviendo en la pobreza. Hubo un descenso en el porcentaje de personas sin cobertura de seguro médico y un aumento en la mediana real de ingreso de hogares. Estos son algunos de los nuevos datos publicados por la Oficina del Censo. Cada otoño, la Oficina del Censo publica informes que analizan estas medidas claves. Los gobiernos utilizan esta información para medir el bienestar social y económico de nuestra nación y tomar decisiones políticas."

Median Household Income Increase

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David Waddington, Division Chief, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"Overall, incomes of households nationwide are increasing according to new Census Bureau data. Between 2015 and 2016, the real median household income climbed by 3.2 percent to $59,039. That’s about an $1800 per household increase For the second consecutive year, the median income of households maintained by non-Hispanic Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics increased. While the year-to-year changes in median income for households maintained by Asians were not statistically significant, since 2014 median income for these households has increased by 8.1 percent."

Aumento De Ingresos De Hogares

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Trudi Renwick, Assistant Division Chief, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"En general, los ingresos de los hogares a la escala nacional aumentaron según nuevos datos de la Oficina del Censo. Entre 2015 y 2016, la mediana real de ingreso de hogares aumento por 3.2 por ciento a $59,000. Esto fue un aumento de aproximadamente $1,800 por hogar. Por el segundo año consecutivo, hubo un aumento en la mediana de ingreso de los hogares mantenidos por blancos no hispanos, negros e hispanos. Mientras los cambios año a año el ingreso mediano ingreso para los hogares mantenidos por asiáticos no fueron estadísticamente significativos, desde 2014, los ingresos medianos para estos hogares aumentaron 8.1 por ciento."

Poverty Rate Decrease

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David Waddington, Division Chief, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"For the 2nd year in a row, we’re seeing a decline in the poverty rate. In 2016, the nation’s official poverty was 12.7 percent or 40.6 million people. That’s 2.5 million fewer people than in 2015. For families, the poverty rate in 2016 was 9.8 percent. That represents 8.1 million families which is about half a million fewer families than in 2015."

Descenso En La Tasa De Pobreza

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Trudi Renwick, Assistant Division Chief, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"Por el segundo año consecutivo, hubo un descenso en la tasa de pobreza. La tasa de pobreza oficial del país en el 2016 fue 12.7 por ciento, lo cual represento 40.6 millones de personas. Esto es dos y medio millones de personas menos que en el 2015. La tasa de pobreza de familias en el 2016 fue 9.8 por ciento. Esto represento 8.1 millones de familias; un descenso de aproximadamente medio millón de familias desde 2015."

Child Poverty Rate Decline

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David Waddington, Division Chief, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"The child poverty rate declined from 19.7 percent in 2015 to 18.0 percent in 2016 but continues to outpace the poverty rate of the total population. Children represent 32.6 of the population in poverty yet only make up 23 percent of the total population according to new Census Bureau data. In 2016, 13.3 million children age 18 and under were in poverty. That’s down from 14.5 million children in poverty in 2015."

Descenso De La Tasa De Pobreza Para Niños

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Trudi Renwick, Assistant Division Chief, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"La tasa de pobreza para los niños bajo de 19.7 por ciento en 2015 a 18.0 por ciento en el 2016; pero la tasa de pobreza para los niños sigue superando la tasa de pobreza de la población total. Los niños representan 32.6 de la población en la pobreza, pero solo representan el 23 por ciento de la población total según nuevos datos de la Oficina del Censo. En el 2016, 13.3 millones de niños menores de 19 años estaban en la pobreza. Esto fue 1.2 millones de niños desde del 2015."

Health Insurance Coverage

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David Waddington, Division Chief, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"The percentage of people without health coverage decreased from 9.1 percent in 2015 to 8.8 percent in 2016, or from 29 million to 28.1 million people in 2016. By age, between 2015 and 2016, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage declined for most under age 65, with generally larger decreases for working age adults. By race, non-Hispanic whites had the lowest uninsured rate among race and Hispanic origin groups at 6.3 percent. Hispanics had the highest uninsured rate at 16 percent."

Cobertura De Seguro Médico

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Trudi Renwick, Assistant Division Chief, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

"Hubo un descenso en el porcentaje de personas sin cobertura de seguro médico de 9.1 por ciento en 2015 a 8.8 por ciento en 2016, o de 29 millones de personas a 28.1 personas en 2016. Entre 2015 y 2016, hubo un descenso en el porcentaje de personas sin cobertura de seguro médico para la mayoría de personas bajo de la edad de 65 años, con un mayor descenso para adultos en edad laboral. Por raza, los blancos no hispanos tuvieron la tasa más baja de personas sin cobertura de seguro médico entre los grupos de raza y origen hispano en el 6.3 por ciento. Los hispanos tuvieron la tasa más alta de personas sin cobertura de seguro médico --- 16 por ciento."

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