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7 Figures: Income and poverty in the U.S. from 2013-2017

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The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2013-2017 American Community Survey, which contains five-year estimates of income and poverty in the United States. Here are seven figures from the report you should know:

1. When comparing the 2013-2017 period to the 2008-2012 period, median household income increased in 16.6 percent of all counties (521 counties) between the 2008-2012 period and the 2013-2017 period. When comparing the 2013-2017 period to the 2008-2012 period, median household income declined in 222 counties (7.1 percent).

2. For the 2013 to 2017 period, among the geographic areas with 10,000 people or more, the locations with the highest median household incomes were, by county and county equivalent: Loudoun County, Va.; Fairfax County, Va.; Howard County, Md.; Falls Church City, Va.; and Arlington County, Va.

3. For the 2013 to 2017 period, among the geographic areas with 10,000 people or more, the locations with the lowest median household incomes were, by county and county equivalent: McCreary County, Ky.; Holmes County, Miss.; Sumter County, Ala.; Bell County, Ky.; and Harlan County, Ky.

4. The U.S. poverty rate from 2013-2017 was 14.6 percent, a decrease from the 2008-2012 five-year percentage of 14.9.

5. When comparing the 2013-2017 period to the 2008-2012 period poverty declined in 14 percent of all counties 441 counties). When comparing the 2013-2017 period to the 2008-2012 period poverty and poverty rates increased in 264 counties (8.4 percent).

6. From 2013-2017, among geographic areas with 10,000 people or more, the locations with the highest poverty rates were, by county and county equivalent: Todd County, S.D.; Oglala Lakota County, S.D.; and Holmes County, Miss.

7. From 2013-2017, among geographic areas with 10,000 people or more, the locations with the lowest poverty rates were, by county and county equivalent: Morgan County, Utah; Falls Church City, Va.; Lincoln County, S.D.; Douglas County, Colo.; Loudon County Va.; and Carver County Minn.

 

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).

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