You can explore who fell into poverty and who escaped poverty from 2009 to 2012, with “poverty entries” & “exits” data, based on a sample of 68,000 addresses. It includes redesigned questions for income and health insurance coverage, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- In 2013, the official poverty rate was 14.5 percent, down from 15.0 percent in 2012. This was the first decrease in the poverty rate since 2006.
- In 2013, there were 45.3 million people in poverty. For the third consecutive year, the number of people in poverty at the national level was not statistically different from the previous year’s estimate.
- The 2013 poverty rate was 2.0 percentage points higher than in 2007, the year before the most recent recession.
- The poverty rate for children under 18 fell from 21.8 percent in 2012 to 19.9 percent in 2013.
- The poverty rate for people aged 18 to 64 was 13.6 percent, while the rate for people aged 65 and older was 9.5 percent. Neither of these poverty rates were statistically different from their 2012 estimates.
- Both the poverty rate and the number in poverty decreased for Hispanics in 2013.
- Despite the decline in the national poverty rate, the 2013 regional poverty rates were not statistically different from the 2012 rates.