New data: poverty up or the same in every state in 2009
Earlier this month, the Census broke alarming news that one in five children lived in poverty in 2009. Today the Census released more in-depth information gathered through the American Community Survey, providing an even more detailed portrait of increasing poverty.
According to the data, 31 states saw increases in both the number and percentage of citizens in poverty in 2009. No state saw a statistically significant decline. However, in a bit of good news, the percentage of insured children increased from 90.3 percent to 91.0 percent, likely as a result of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.