Poverty Estimates


Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, Montana
Link to Spotlight on Poverty Data for Montana

American Community Survey
The American Community Survey is a new nationwide survey designed to provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing. It will replace the long form in future censuses and is a critical element in the Census Bureau’s reengineered 2010 census plan.

Current Population Survey (CPS)
All links go to the U.S. Census Bureau's web site. Includes income, poverty and health insurance at the state level.

Poverty Status
Weighted and Sample Person Counts. Available for 100 and 125, 135 and 150, and 185 and 200 Percent of Poverty. Includes data for All Ages, Related Children 5 to 17, People Under 18, Related Children Under 18, People 18 to 64, People 65 Years and Over, Families, People in Female Headed Families with Children

Microdata Access - CPS Table Creator
Create your own tables and cross tabulations. The CPS table creator gives you the ability to create customized tables at the state level from the Current Population Survey's Annual Socialand Economic Supplement. Select from variables such as Age, Labor Force, Educational Attainment, Income, Poverty Ratio, Health Insurance Coverage, Work Experience, and Year.

Small Area Estimates - U.S. Census Bureau web site
Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

Poverty Guidelines And Thresholds

Thresholds - U.S. Census Bureau web site
The original version of the federal poverty measure. They are updated each year by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The thresholds are used mainly for statistical purposes -- for instance, preparing estimates of the number of Americans in poverty each year.

Guidelines - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web site
The "other" version of the federal poverty measure. They are issued each year in the Federal Register by the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services. The guidelines are a simplification of the poverty thresholds for use for administrative purposes -- for instance, determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs.