The US Census Bureau released its 2011 American Community Survey Estimates on Wednesday.
We've gone through it and one thing jumped out to us: the disparity state by state.
Here's what we found:
Median household income was the most disparate comparison between states. It was highest in the Northeast, but Maryland led all states with an average median income of $70,004 in 2011.
In contrast, median household income in 2011 was lowest in the Southeast US; Mississippi had the lowest average of all states at $36,919. Puerto Rico's rate was by far the lowest of all at $18,660.
The report also highlighted the failed fight against poverty.
Twenty-two States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia all have 16 percent or more of their respective populations living in poverty. And the recovery hasn't been much better; DC, Puerto Rico, and 32 states had no significant change in poverty rate from 2010-2011. In fact, in 17 states the poverty rate increased from 2010-2011. Vermont was the only state in which the poverty rate decreased in from 2010-2011
The Washington, DC metro area had a poverty rate of 8.3 percent — the lowest of all analyzed in the report. The Lakeland-Winter Haven metro area in Florida had the highest: 19.4 percent.
As far as health care goes, Massachusetts had the best coverage rate for young adults; in 2011, 92.1 percent of adults aged 19 to 25 had any kind of health insurance in Massachusetts. New Hampshire had the highest percentage of adults aged 19-25 with private health insurance at 75.8 percent.
The lowest coverage rate was over 30 percent less — 59.3 percent of adults aged 19 to 25 had any kind of health insurance in Texas. Arizona had the lowest percentage of adults aged 19-25 with private health insurance: 51.6 percent.
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