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Posted on: January 14, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Poverty in America Awareness

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In 2014, the official poverty rate in America was 14.8 percent. There were 46.7 million people in poverty. Neither the poverty rate nor the number of people in poverty were statistically different from the 2013 estimates. The 2014 poverty rate was 2.3 percentage points higher than in 2007, the year before the most recent recession.

For most groups, the number of people in poverty either decreased or did not show a statistically significant change. The number of people in poverty increased for unrelated individuals, people aged 18 to 64 with a disability, people with at least a bachelor’s degree and married-couple families.

The poverty rate in 2014 for children under age 18 was 21.1 percent. The poverty rate for people aged 18 to 64 was 13.5 percent, while the rate for people aged 65 and older was 10.0 percent. None of these poverty rates were statistically different from the 2013 estimates.
For more detailed statistics for the United States please visit The United States Census Bureau.

Issued in 2015, NYS had a population of 19,746,227. The poverty status was determined for 19,228,524 people. The overall state poverty rate is 15.9%. For more detailed statistics please visit the NYS Community Action Association website at http://nyscommunityaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/State-Profile-September-2015-final-v2.pdf.

Also released in 2015, Washington County had a population of 63,262. Out of 63,262, 59,777 was the population for whom poverty status was determined for. The overall county poverty rate is 13.3%, or 7,971 individuals living in poverty. For more detailed statistic for Washington County please visit the NYS Community Action Association Link at http://nyscommunityaction.org/PovReport/2014/Washington.pdf .

The United States Census Bureau
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