Website Maps 2010 Poverty Rates by Congressional District
September 23, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
The Halfin Ten campaign has released its latest interactive poverty map to help advocates, elected officials, and policymakers get a clearer picture of how increasing poverty rates are affecting constituents.
The online map allows users to view the Census Bureau's 2010 poverty data by congressional district, and then breaks it down by gender and race. Half in Ten also used the data to identify which members of Congress are failing to adequately represent low-income constituents by voting to weaken social safety net programs such as Medicaid and seeking to repeal health care reforms.
Nationally, the latest data from the Census Bureau show that there were 46.2 million people – 15.1 percent of the population – living in poverty in 2010, and there were about 50 million people without health care coverage. From 2009 to 2010, 2.6 million more Americans fell into poverty and median incomes declined by 2.3 percent, bringing the poverty rate to the highest it has been since 1993.
"Twenty-five million Americans are in need of full-time work, and over 100 million Americans are in poverty or scraping by on low incomes," noted Half in Ten. "Now is the time to invest in federal efforts that create jobs and grow the economy—not make draconian cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, or other critical safety net programs. Further cuts means further increases in unemployment and even more hardship for our nation’s most financially insecure households."
In the face of an ongoing jobs crisis and rising poverty, The Leadership Conference, which is a partner in the Half in Ten campaign, is calling on Congress to support jobs and deficit reduction plans put forward by President Obama that would protect lower- and middle-income Americans and help strengthen the economy.
Half in Ten is a collaborative anti-poverty campaign led by The Leadership Conference, the Center for American Progress, and the Coalition on Human Needs dedicated to cutting poverty in half in 10 years.