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ERIC Number: ED481478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 41
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Poverty in the United States: 2002. Current Population Reports.
Proctor, Bernadette D.; Dalaker, Joseph
This report illustrates how official poverty rates vary by age, race and Hispanic origin, nativity, family composition, work experience, and geography. The official poverty rate rose from 11.7 to 12.1 percent between 2001-2002. In 2002, people below the official poverty thresholds numbered 34.6 million, 1.7 million higher than in 2001. At 16.7 percent, the poverty rate for children did not change between 2001-2002 but remained higher than that for adults. The number of children in poverty increased from 11.7 to 12.1 million between 2001-2002. For people between the age of 18-64, the number in poverty and the poverty rate rose from 17.8 to 18.9 million, and from 10.1 to 10.6 percent, respectively, between 2001-2002. The number of elderly in poverty also increased. Using various definitions for the race categories for 2002, results show that: the 2002 poverty rates for non-Hispanic Whites and Asians were not different from the rates for the closest groups available in 2001; among people who reported Black in 2002, about 24 percent were in poverty, up from 2001. For Hispanics, the poverty rate was 21.8 percent in 2001 and 2002. In 2002, 7.2 million families were in poverty, up from 6.8 million in 2001. The poverty rate in the midwest increased, while the rate in the northeast, south, and west did not change. Three appendices contain time series poverty estimates. (SM)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.