EJI June 4th, 2011 United States Census Bureau: Over 1 in 4 Black and Latino Americans Living in Poverty

The United States Census Bureau calculates national poverty levels by using a threshold income value set according to family size and composition. In 2010, a family of five earning a combined annual income below $26,675 qualified as “impoverished.” On June 4, 2011, the United States Census Bureau released data collected in the 2010 census which showed 46.2 million Americans living in poverty – the largest number recorded since poverty estimates were first collected in 1959. The 2010 poverty rate of 15.1% was the highest recorded in America since 1993.

Source: A History of Racial Injustice – Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)

EJI doesn’t provide a clear enough citation for me to offer the “June 4, 2011” Census release, but similar information can be found in a CNN/Money article reporting on a September 2011 Census release – Poverty rate rises in America By Annalyn Censky @CNNMoney September 13, 2011.