2001 Poverty Data Released by Census

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Eva DeLuna Castro /(512) 320-0222 x 103

September 24, 2002

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On September 24, 2002, the U.S. Bureau of the Census released national and state-level income and poverty data from its March 2002 Current Population Survey (CPS). This survey provides information on American families' and individuals' poverty and income status for the year 2001; when combined with prior years' CPS data, statistically significant changes for states and for subgroups (such as different age categories) can also be discerned. This Policy Page highlights poverty and income data for Texas, such as the fact that 3.1 million Texans, of which 1.3 million were children, lived below poverty in 2001. The state poverty rate overall was 14.9 percent; for children, it was 21.1 percent.