On this dayJun 04, 2011

U.S. Census Reports More Than 1 in 4 Black and Latino Americans Living in Poverty

On June 4, 2011, the United States Census Bureau released data collected from the 2010 census revealing that more than 1 in 4 black and Latino Americans were living below the federal poverty line.

The United States Census Bureau calculates national poverty levels by using a threshold income value set according to family size and composition. In 2010, a family of five earning a combined annual income below $26,675 qualified as "impoverished." By that measure, data revealed that 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty - the largest number recorded since poverty estimates were first collected in 1959. The 2010 poverty rate, of 15.1%, was the highest recorded in America since 1993.

The census data further revealed that poverty rates differed greatly by ethnic group, with 27.47% of African Americans and 26.6% of Latino Americans living in poverty compared to 9.9% of white Americans and 12.1% of Asian Americans. Other indicia of economic and social well-being also demonstrated racial differences. For example, census figures showed that 18.1% of Asian Americans, 20.5% of African Americans, and 30.7% of Latino Americans lacked health insurance in 2010 compared to 11.7% of white Americans and 16.3% of the nation overall.

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