New Poverty Stats: What They Mean and How Texas Compares Nationally

After CPPP’s “Kids Count” report about Texas children was released a few weeks ago (covered here by Chloe), some new sobering statistics were released about the state of children around the nation.

The U.S. Census Bureau released a report detailing the number of people in the United States living in poverty and without health insurance. Here’s an overview:

  • The overall poverty rate in the U.S. rose from 14.3% in 2009, to 15.1% in 2010.
  • The total number of Americans living in poverty last year was 46.2 million.
  • Children (under 18) living in poverty in the U.S. rose from 20.7% in 2009, to 22% in 2010.
  • Children are more likely than any other age group to be poor.
  • Children under 6 have better than a 1 in 4 chance of being poor (25.3%). Compare this with the 12.9% poverty rate for the 18-64 age group, and 8.9% for 65 and over.
  • 7.3 million (or 9.8%) of children have no health insurance.
  • 15.4% of children living in poverty are uninsured.

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