Friday, September 27, 2013

2012 Nonmetro poverty 2.7% higher than national average

Read full coverage in the Daily Yonder here.  The nonmetropolitan poverty rate in the United States rose to 17.7% between the 2011 and 2012 estimates, up 0.7%.  The national poverty rate remained unchanged between 2010 and 2012, at 15%.  The Daily Yonder's coverage is based on the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage Report: 2012.

The Yonder also reports that more Americans had health insurance in 2012 than in 2011.
[T]he Census report estimates that 15.4 percent, or 48 million Americans, were without health insurance in 2012 – a statistically significant decrease from 15.7 percent in 2011. The 2012 uninsured rate for those living outside of metropolitan areas was 15.2 percent. The Census Bureau estimates that 7.3 million persons outside of metropolitan areas were without health insurance in 2012 – a decrease of 58,000 persons from the number of rural uninsured in 2011.

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