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US Census Bureau ready to release data on income, poverty and health insurance

USA, 9 August 2006: The U.S. Census Bureau will release the consolidated report on money income, poverty and health insurance coverage for the nation at a news conference on August 29, 2006 at its headquarters in Suitland, Maryland. The data is derived from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS).

Simultaneously, the Census Bureau will release economic profiles from the 2005 American Community Survey (ACS) for all areas within the United States. The ACS is the largest survey in the nation and produces the same in-depth socioeconomic data as the decennial census long form but on an annual basis. The ACS release will also include a report with data on income, earnings and poverty, as well as online tables on other socioeconomic topics.

The Census Bureau’s CPS-ASEC produces the official national estimates of poverty, as well as estimates of money income and health insurance coverage, collecting detailed information on income sources. Data on health insurance coverage are only available from the CPS-ASEC. In addition to the national-level data, the CPS-ASEC consolidated report provides state-level health insurance estimates. Annual state estimates of median household income and poverty will be available in the ACS report.

CPS supplementary tables on income, poverty and health insurance coverage will be on the Census Bureau’s Internet site, www.census.gov, as they become available. Additional guidance for data users will clarify when to use the income and poverty estimates from these two surveys and how the surveys differ.