PRB Topic Feed: Poverty/Topics/Poverty.aspxStates in U.S. With Higher Tax Rates Are Better for ChildrenThe STATE Child Well-Being Index—developed for the Foundation for Child Development by demographers William O'Hare of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Mark Mather and Genevieve Dupuis of the Population Reference Bureau—provides the most-comprehensive measure of children's quality-of-life on a state-by-state basis.02/03/2012/Publications/Articles/2012/child-well-being-index.aspxf63afcff-5e1e-4a85-8434-58549093cd05Patterns of Poverty in AmericaNew data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that 12.4 percent of the U.S. population, about 34 million people, were below the poverty level in 1999.06/07/2002/Publications/Articles/2002/PatternsofPovertyinAmerica.aspxee34f920-d1e5-48b9-8dad-018b0eedc6aaRace/Ethnic Income Gap Growing Among U.S. Working Poor Families03/16/2015/Publications/Articles/2015/working-poor-families.aspxe6905071-f522-47a9-ba1e-d009e6729be3One in Five U.S. Households Struggle to Afford Rent, Mortgage PaymentsAccording to a special nationwide survey conducted by the Census Bureau last year, in over a fifth of all households, housing expenses consumed more than a third of total income in 1999 and 2000. 10/01/2001/Publications/Articles/2001/OneinFiveUSHouseholdsStruggletoAffordRentMortgagePayments.aspxe502e85a-3166-4ec0-888c-805457d69995High Poverty Rates in 'Midsize' AmericaNew data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal high—and increasing—poverty rates in America's midsize counties, small towns, and rural areas. Poverty rates for children have increased since 1999, while most older Americans have stayed out of poverty, even in economically depressed areas.12/09/2008/Publications/Articles/2008/midsizeamericapoverty.aspxe09ba95a-9150-453d-8bef-7d26fba7445dNew Data Reveal Widespread Disparities in U.S. State Poverty RatesPoverty estimates from the American Community Survey show that poverty rates in 2005 varied widely around the country, from less than 8 percent in New Hampshire to 21 percent in Mississippi.08/01/2006/Publications/Articles/2006/NewDataRevealWidespreadDisparitiesinUSStatePovertyRates.aspxbe4c87b2-8a39-4f8d-97d5-832db8c1dfea10% of U.S. Counties Now 'Majority-Minority'Immigration and higher fertility among minorities have put the United States on a path to become "majority-minority," when less than 50 percent of the population will be non-Hispanic white. New 2007 estimates show that about 10 percent (302) of the country'scounties have already passed that mark.08/07/2008/Publications/Articles/2008/majority-minority.aspxb17653a2-2c3d-4e5c-a06c-97ec567d4c712010 KIDS COUNT Data BookAccording to data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, overall improvements in child well-being that began in the late 1990s stalled in the years just before the current economic downturn.07/30/2010/Publications/Articles/2010/kidscount2010.aspx856197c3-2b92-4e4b-9aa7-fecbd82827c4East Coast Suburbs Lead the Country in Household IncomeIn 1999, as in 1989, the majority of the poorest states in the United States were in the South. In two states, Mississippi and West Virginia, more than 40 percent of households had income less than $25,000 in 1999. 10/02/2002/Publications/Articles/2002/EastCoastSuburbsLeadtheCountryinHouseholdIncome.aspx80005998-c785-41fa-a747-fac9eec777cfU.S. Homeless Veteran Population Decreases Since 2009, but Female Homeless Veterans More Than DoubledThe number of homeless veterans in the United States has declined by 11 percent since 2009, from 75,600 in 2009 to 67,500 in 2011. However, the total homeless population only decreased by 1 percent during the same period, from 643,000 to 636,000, according to the January 2012 report on the state of homelessness from the National Alliance to End Homelessness.05/23/2012/Publications/Articles/2012/us-homeless-veterans.aspxfc9e1a82-b3af-4572-95ed-1bf322b12d27