WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nation’s official poverty rate climbed for the third straight year, reaching 15.1 percent in 2010 according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.
There were 46.2 million people living in poverty in 2010, 2.6 million more than in 2009. It was the fourth consecutive annual increase and the largest number in the 52 years that poverty estimates have been published.
The Census Bureau reported that 49.9 million people lacked health insurance coverage in 2010, an increase of 900,000 from 2009.
Real median household income fell to $49,445, a 2.3 percent decline from 2009.
These findings are contained in the report Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010.
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