October 13, 2014 |
Latinos have the highest rate of poverty of any racial or ethnic group in Philadelphia. In the city, 44 percent of Latinos live in poverty - twice the national rate of 23.5 percent. The overall Philadelphia poverty rate is 26.3 percent. Latino poverty prevails throughout most of the region as well, both in the Pennsylvania suburbs and in South Jersey. In six of the eight counties in the region - Bucks and Chester Counties being the exceptions - Latinos have the highest poverty rate of all groups.
October 7, 1994 |
In yet another sign that many Americans remain shut out from a growing economy, the Census Bureau reported yesterday that the poverty rate rose last year to its highest level in 10 years. There were 39.3 million poor Americans in 1993, or 15.1 percent of the population. Although that marked only a slight change from a poverty rate of 14.8 percent in 1992, the increase came at a time of economic expansion. The poverty rate in 1983 was 15.2 percent. The poverty level for a family of four was $14,763 in 1993.
September 27, 2000 |
Demonstrating the power of a strong economy to help the poor, the nation's poverty rate fell in 1999 to its lowest level in two decades, the Census Bureau reported yesterday. Last year 32.3 million people lived in poverty, which the government defines as a maximum annual income of $8,501 for a single person and $17,029 for a family of four. That is 11.8 percent of the nation's 273.5 million people, down from 12.7 percent, or 34.5 million people, in 1998. More than 80 percent of the decline nationwide occurred in "central cities," the urban cores of metropolitan regions.
September 14, 2012 |
The number of people living in poverty in America last year remained stalled at the same record high level as in 2010, newly released government figures show. In addition, real median household income declined by 1.5 percent between 2010 and 2011 to $50,054. At the same time, the number of people without health-insurance coverage fell from 50 million to 48.6 million during the year. The figures, released Wednesday, come from a U.S. Census Bureau report. According to the report, 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty in 2011, a poverty rate of 15 percent.
September 18, 2014 |
The U.S. poverty rate has decreased for the first time since 2006, according to U.S. Census figures released Tuesday. Children's poverty also declined, while median household income barely changed between 2012 and 2013. The report further shows that 42 million people, 13.4 percent of Americans, were without health-insurance coverage in 2013. The data were compiled in the 2014 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, which describes conditions in 2013.
September 17, 2010 |
Driven by the relentless recession, the U.S. poverty rate soared to 14.3 percent in 2009, its highest level in 15 years, new government figures show. The rate was up from 13.2 percent in 2008, according to a report the Census Bureau released Thursday. Locally the picture was less dire, with poverty rising slightly to 11.1 percent in Pennsylvania and to 9.3 percent in New Jersey. The number of people in poverty nationally rose from 39.8 million in 2008 to 43.6 million in 2009 - the most in the 51 years for which poverty figures are available.
September 22, 2011 |
The poverty rate in Philadelphia jumped nearly two percentage points from 2009 to 2010, according to a federal report released Thursday, underscoring the growing plight of residents being swamped by unemployment and hard times. "I'm always crying," said Valencia Sydney, a 34-year-old Northeast Philadelphia single mother of one who lost her part-time certified nursing assistant job last year, then plummeted from the working class into poverty. She and her 21/2-year-old daughter face eviction from their $640-a-month apartment, and the two may have to move into a shelter, she said.
September 26, 2014 |
Already the poorest big city in America, Philadelphia also has the highest rate of deep poverty - people with incomes below half of the poverty line - of any of the nation's 10 most populous cities. Philadelphia's deep-poverty rate is 12.2 percent, or nearly 185,000 people, including about 60,000 children. That's almost twice the U.S. deep-poverty rate of 6.3 percent. Camden's deep-poverty rate of 20 percent is more than three times the national mark, but its population is a fraction of Philadelphia's.
November 30, 2000 |
In an irony of the economic boom, a drop in the poverty rate in Philadelphia's schools and an increased rate in some suburban districts are raising bittersweet concerns about the effect on federal education aid. Fresh estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau being released today show that the percentage of Philadelphia school-age children living in poverty fell by about 19 percent between 1995 and 1997, the last year surveyed. The rate slid from about 36 percent to just under 29 percent.