Last week the US Census Bureau released information pertaining to income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United States in 2012. Here is an excerpt from the “Newsroom” report (https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb13-165.html; retrieved on 6-22-2013) :
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TUESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2013
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012
The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2012, real median household income and the poverty rate were not statistically different from the previous year, while the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.
Median household income in the United States in 2012 was $51,017, not statistically different in real terms from the 2011 median of $51,100. This followed two consecutive annual declines.
The nation’s official poverty rate in 2012 was 15.0 percent, which represents 46.5 million people living at or below the poverty line. This marked the second consecutive year that neither the official poverty rate nor the number of people in poverty were statistically different from the previous year’s estimates. The 2012 poverty rate was 2.5 percentage points higher than in 2007, the year before the economic downturn.
The percentage of people without health insurance coverage declined to 15.4 percent in 2012 — from 15.7 percent in 2011. However, the 48.0 million people without coverage in 2012 was not statistically different from the 48.6 million in 2011.”
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