Monday, October 04, 2010

Poverty and the 2009 American Community Survey

The 2009 American Community Survey data is now available and can be accessed on the U. S. Census Bureau's very helpful website.  Take a look here.

Concerning poverty, consider. . .

Nationally, the percentage of households learning below $25,000 annually stands at 24.7% in 2009.  That's up from 23.6% in 2008; 23% in 2007; 23.6% in 2006.

Closer to home here in Texas, the percentage of children under 18-years-old living in poverty in 2009 came in at 24.4 statewide; 27.7 for Dallas County; 35.4 for the city of Dallas. 

These numbers translate to lots of miserable situations for children and families in our communities.

Much work to do.  Many changes needed.

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