2021 Census Poverty Data Release

September 14, 2021

Every year the Coalition on Human Needs examines the data released by the Census Bureau to learn about the state of poverty in our nation. We look for large indicators such as how much poverty has increased or decreased and for important indicators of social programs effectiveness in lifting people out of poverty.

The Current Population Survey (CPS), sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States.

Beginning in 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau began publishing the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), which extends the official poverty measure by taking account of many of the government programs designed to assist low-income families and individuals that are not included in the official poverty measure.

Below you can find the reports, analysis, and infographics that the U.S. Census Bureau, CHN and other organizations have produced for 2021:

CHN’s Deborah Weinstein: COVID-19 Made Long-Term Struggles Worse — But Congress Prevented Poverty for Millions, and Must Act Now to Sustain Major Progress, Coalition on Human Needs, September 14, 2021
CHN’s First Look at Poverty, Hardship and Health Insurance 2021, Coalition on Human Needs, September 14, 2021
Census Data Show Historic Investments in Social Safety Net Alleviated Poverty in 2020, Center for American Progress, September 14, 2020
Sharon Parrott: Today’s Census Data Show that Vigorous Policies Kept 53 Million People Above Poverty Line in 2020, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, September 14, 2020
Expanded Unemployment Insurance Benefits During Pandemic Lowered Poverty Rates Across All Racial Groups, U.S. Census Bureau, September 14, 2021

Employment-Based Health Insurance Declines for Working-Age Adults During Pandemic, U.S. Census Bureau, September 14, 2021
Census Bureau Statistics Measure Equity Gaps Across Demographic Groups, U.S. Census Bureau, September 14, 2021
Uninsured Rates for Children in Poverty Increased 2018-2020, U.S. Census Bureau, September 14, 2021
Two Rounds of Stimulus Payments Lifted 11.7 Million People Out of Poverty During the Pandemic in 2020, U.S. Census Bureau, September 14, 2021
Fewer Low-Wage, Full-Time, Year-Round Workers During COVID-19 Causes Increase in Median Earnings Among Those Still Employed, U.S. Census Bureau, September 14, 2021
What to Expect in This Week’s Poverty, Income and Health Insurance Figures for 2020, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, September 13, 2021

Fact Sheet — Income and Poverty 2020 (U.S. Census Bureau)
Fact Sheet — Health Insurance Coverage: 2020