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In the US last year, 2.6m fell into poverty, the
Census Bureau reported Tuesday, and the number of Americans living below the
official poverty line, 46.2m people, was the highest number in the 52 years the
bureau has been publishing figures on it. Median household incomes dropped in
2010 to 1997 levels.
As defined by the Office of Management and Budget
and updated for inflation using the Consumer Price Index, the weighted
average poverty threshold for a family of four in 2010 was $22,314.
The US Census Bureau announced today that in
2010, median household income declined, the poverty rate increased and the
percentage without health insurance coverage was not statistically different
from the previous year.
Real median household income in the United States
in 2010 was $49,445, a 2.3% decline from the 2009 median.
Median income is the mid-point with 50% of a
sample above and 50% below.
The nation's official poverty rate in 2010 was
15.1%, up from 14.3% in 2009 - - the third consecutive annual increase in the
poverty rate and the highest level since 1993. There were 46.2m people in
poverty in 2010, up from 43.6m in 2009 - - the fourth consecutive annual
increase and the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have
The number of people without health insurance
coverage rose from 49.0m in 2009 to 49.9m in 2010, while the percentage without
coverage - - 16.3% - - was not statistically different from the rate