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Poverty Studies

U.S. Statistics

Statistics resources leverage the practice or science of collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities, especially for the purpose of inferring proportions in a whole from those in a representative sample, and using this data to drive policy and procedure.

The Measure of America
The U.S. Census Bureau

This section within the Census Bureau's Web site bring together data sources, publications, links to other source, and much more. The Publications area might be a good place to begin. The most current estimates of selected income and poverty statistics can be found in the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates section. You can find the most recent data in several subject areas, including poverty and income, in the American Factfinder and American Community Survey sections of the site.  Another useful area is Dynamics of Economic Well-Being.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Poverty Guidelines, Research, and Measurement site contains data on guidelines and other measures, as well as links to other important research sites. Be sure to look at the "Are You Looking For.." section at the bottom of the page.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Each year the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes A Profile of the Working Poor. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also maintains data on wages, earning, and benefits, while coordinating other data with the Census Bureau's "Current Population Survey."

U.S. House Ways and Means Committee

This committee periodically publishes Background Material and Data on Programs Within the Jurisdiction of the Committee on Ways and Means, more popularly known as the Green Book.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service

The Economic Research Service includes the Rural Income, Poverty, and Welfare "briefing room" (a very useful collection of links to poverty data on farms, rural areas, and more) and the Food and Nutrition Assistance area (with publications on child nutrition, hunger, WIC, and more). Another branch of the Department of Energy with relevant information is the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

U.S. Federal Government Oversight

A few Federal agencies, such as the Congressional Budget Office and the General Accountancy Office, study the performance of government programs and proposals, in the process conducting original research on issues such as poverty.

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Annually-updated, the Kids Count database "profiles the well-being of America’s children on a state-by-state basis and ranks states on 10 key measures of child well-being."

International Statistics

Statistics resources leverage the practice or science of collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities, especially for the purpose of inferring proportions in a whole from those in a representative sample, and using this data to drive policy and procedure.

Organizations

Professional organizations, whether profit or non-profit, and governmental organizations are an excellent resource for topic-focused documents and reports.

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Multimedia Resources

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