RELEASE: Interactive Map Charts Congressional District, State-Level Poverty Data

Washington, D.C. — Today, TalkPoverty.org—a project of the Center for American Progress’s Half in Ten Education Fund—released a new interactive resource mapping state- and congressional district-level poverty data, based on new data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Using seven key indicators—the total poverty rate; the women in poverty rate; the child poverty rate; and the poverty rate among African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos—the interactive offers an in-depth look at how poverty impacts various communities across the United States. The new feature also includes a ranking of states’ total poverty rates and child poverty rates.

“We haven’t made nearly enough progress to reduce poverty nationwide, and both low- and middle-income families are still struggling to recover from the Great Recession,” said Greg Kaufmann, editor of TalkPoverty.org and Senior Fellow with the Half in Ten Education Fund. “At the state and local levels, we see the disparate impact of poverty, particularly among women and communities of color. The latest round of Census data sheds light on the reality of poverty in our own backyards, and should be a wake-up call to policymakers that we can and must do more to drastically reduce poverty.”

Earlier this week, the Center for American Progress issued an analysis on the top 10 solutions policymakers can take to cut poverty, boost economic security, and expand the middle class. Among its recommendations, the analysis urges policymakers to raise the minimum wage; increase the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, for childless workers; support equal pay; provide paid leave and paid sick days; invest in affordable, high-quality child care and early education; and expand Medicaid.

Click here to view the interactive map.

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For more information or to speak to an expert, contact Chelsea Kiene at ckiene@americanprogress.org or 202.478.5328.

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TalkPoverty.org—a project of the Half in Ten Education Fund at the Center for American Progress—is an online hub dedicated to providing in-depth analysis and educational resources about poverty in America and what we can do at the local, state, and federal level to dramatically reduce it. Launched in May 2014, TalkPoverty.org is also home to a cutting-edge blog highlighting the vibrant voices of the anti-poverty community—people living in poverty and working to reduce poverty every day.