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Resources by Topic: Poverty

Highest U.S. Poverty Rates Are in the South, with over 20 Percent Poor in Its Rural Areas
Bar chart showing rural and urban poverty rates by region for the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West, based on data from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Nonmetro Poverty Rates Remain Higher than Metro
Line chart showing the metropolitan and nonmetro poverty rates, as well as the nonmetro-metro gap, from 1959 through 2018.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials
Report highlights the various measures of the rural and agricultural economy. Includes rates of rural versus urban poverty and unemployment, as well as rates of food security in principal cities, suburban, and rural areas.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Poverty Rates by Region and Metro/Nonmetro Status, 2014-18 Average
Bar chart showing metropolitan and nonmetro poverty rates for the Northeast, Midwest, West, and South.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Poverty Rates by Metro/Nonmetro Residence, 1959-2018
Line chart showing metropolitan and nonmetropolitan poverty rates over time.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Poverty Rates by Family Type and Metro/Nonmetro Residence, 2018
Bar chart showing metropolitan and nonmetro poverty rates for married couples, male head of household with no spouse, female head of household with no spouse, female head of household with no spouse and with children, and all family types.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Poverty Rates by Race/Ethnicity and Metro/Nonmetro Residence, 2018
Bar chart comparing metropolitan and nonmetro poverty levels for whites, African Americans, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Hispanic populations.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Poverty Rates by Age Group and Metro/Nonmetro Residence, 2018
Bar chart showing metropolitan and nonmetro poverty rates for all ages, for children under 5, children under 18, adults aged 18-64, and seniors over 65.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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U.S. County Poverty Rates, 2014-2018 Average
Interactive map that displays poverty and child poverty rate data by county, with the option to view only nonmetropolitan counties, only metro counties, or all counties.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Many Rural Americans Are Still "Left Behind"
An overview of trends in rural poverty from 1959 through 2016. Discusses how rural and urban poverty are different. Highlights changes in education and employment, the impact of race/ethnicity, and data on rural child poverty.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Institute for Research on Poverty
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