The poverty rate in the U.S. during 2011 remained virtually unchanged from the previous year even as the average household income dropped, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday.
The nation’s poverty rate in 2011 was 15 percent, or approximately 46.2 million living people below the poverty line, mirroring 2010’s numbers, the census said. The weighted average poverty threshold for a family of four was $23,021 in 2011.
The data also showed that the percentage of Americans without health insurance dropped from 16.3 percent in 2010 to 15.7 percent in 2011. This means the number of Americans with health insurance totals just above 260 million.
The real median income for households in the United States during 2011 dropped by around 1.5 percent to $50,054, compared with the previous year, figures show.
At the same time, income inequality measured by the Gini index increased by 1.6 percent in 2011. It is the first time the annual index rose since 1993, the U.S. Census Bureau said.
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