Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates Released

Yesterday, the US Census Bureau released their latest (2008) income and poverty estimates for every school district and county in the nation. The data are part of the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program and represent the only source of Census Bureau income and poverty data for each of the nation’s 3,142 counties and nearly 14,000 Title I-eligible school districts.

In the press release announcing release of the data, the Census Bureau declares that “state and county estimates are provided for the total number of people in poverty, the number of children under age 5 in poverty (for states only), number of related children age 5 to 17 in families in poverty, number of children under 18 in poverty and median household income.
“School district estimates, produced in order for the Department of Education to implement provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, are available for the total population, number of children age 5 to 17 and number of related children age 5 to 17 in families in poverty.
“These tabulations, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, are used as one of the criteria to allocate federal funds to local jurisdictions. In addition, state and local programs use these data for distributing funds and managing school programs.”
You’ll find the SAIPE data here and a series of maps summarizing the data for counties and states here.

Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 2:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

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