WHER Chat: Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates


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The U.S. Census Bureau just released new data from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program, providing the only up-to-date, single-year income and poverty statistics for the nation’s 3,141 counties and 13,197 school districts. Among other key findings for 2018, the report reveals that 13.6 percent of counties had a statistically significant increase in median household income from 2007, while 5.5 percent had a decrease.

The SAIPE program provides useful information on the number of people in poverty, the number of young children younger than age 5 and ages 5 to 17 in families in poverty, the number of children younger than age 18 in poverty and the median household income. The program also has estimates at the school district level for total population, the number of children ages 5 to 17, and the number of children in this age range in families in poverty.

Income and Poverty Estimates

  • In 2018, county-level median household income estimates ranged from $25,385 to $140,382, with a median income of $50,568 for all counties.
  • County-level poverty estimates ranged from 2.6 percent to 54.0 percent, with a median poverty rate of 14.1 percent for all counties.
  • In 2018, the county-level poverty rate for children ages 5 to 17 ranged between 2.1 percent and 66.5 percent, with a median county-level rate of 18.8 percent.
  • Compared to 2007, 4.5 percent of counties had a statistically significant decrease in poverty rates in 2018, while 6.0 percent of counties had a statistically significant increase.
  • For all school districts, the median estimated poverty rate for school-age children was 14.9 percent in 2018.

Read the full report here. For more information on income and poverty rates in the United States, read Volume II: Homeownership of the 2019 NAWRB Women Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER), which covers the state of women’s homeownership by analyzing the overall health of the current market, women’s poverty and homelessness, and obstacles women and minorities face in becoming homeowners and renters. 

About 2019 NAWRB WHER

The 2019 NAWRB Women Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER) is the third installment of the most diverse coverage of the Housing Ecosystem with over sixty resources in six volumes: Diversity & Inclusion, Homeownership, Women-Owned Businesses, STEM, Aging Population, and Family Offices with a gender lens perspective. Learn more about each of the volumes and order a copy of the 2019 NAWRB WHER at https://www.nawrb.com/womenhousingecosystem/.

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