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The poverty rate for the United States as a whole was 15.9% in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available.

The Poverty Rate has increased steadily between 2005 and 2012.

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
13.3 13.3 13 13.2 14.3 15.3 15.9 15.9

These rates increased at different rates across race between 2007 and 2012.

  • White: 10.2% (2007), 13.0% (2012)
  • Black: 24.7% (2007), 28.1% (2012)
  • American Indian: 25.3% (2007), 29.1% (2012)
  • Latino: 20.7% (2007), 25.4% (2012)

The Median Income for Full-Time/Year Round workers varied across race in 2012.

  • White Men: $50,533
  • White Women: $39,073
  • Black Men: $37,526
  • Black Women: $33,251
  • American Indian Men: $35,868
  • American Indian Women: $31,060
  • Latino Men: $31,427
  • Latina Women: $27,892

Youth Poverty (< 18 years of age) has increased since 2007, but Black, Hispanic, and American Indian youth still suffer elevated rates of poverty.

  • African American youth: 34.5% (2007), 39.6% (2012)
  • Hispanic/Latino youth: 27.5% (2007), 33.7% (2012)
  • American Indian youth: 32.9% (2007), 36.8% (2012)
  • White youth: 13.3% (2007), 18.0% (2012)

The same holds true for minority children below age 5.

  • Black/African American children: 39.8% (2007), 45% (2012)
  • Hispanic/Latino children: 29.8% (2007), 36% (2012)
  • American Indian children: 39.6% (2007), 42.5% (2012)
  • White children: 15.7% (2007), 20.5% (2012)
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