Poverty rates for minorities hit historic low

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 09/22/2020, 2:41 PM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(NATIONAL) According to data from the United Census Bureau, the poverty rates for Blacks and Hispanics hit the lowest point on record last year. Bureau estimates for Black poverty rates date back to 1959. Hispanic poverty rates date back to 1972. In 2019, the poverty rate for Blacks was 18.8 percent; for Hispanics, it was 15.7 percent. The previous record lows were 20.8 percent and 17.6 percent, respectively, both set the year before. Last year’s Asian poverty rate of 7.3 percent was also the lowest on record. Data shows the poverty rate for the United States was 10.5 percent in 2019, another historic low, and that poverty rates declined between 2018 and 2019 for all major race and Hispanic origin groups. Despite these gains, information provided by the Census Bureau shows inequalities still persist. For instance, Black people make up about a quarter of the poverty population despite being only around 13 percent of the population. Read more here: https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2020/09/poverty-rates-for-blacks-and-hispanics-reached-historic-lows-in-2019.html?utm_campaign=20200915msacos3ccstors&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery


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