Poverty & Welfare
Poverty data come from a variety of different sources. Learn about them and get recommendations on which one to use.
Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)
We encourage users to read the description of confidence intervals and how they affect the use of these estimates.
- State and County Interactive Tables (Nationwide)
- School District Interactive Tables (Nationwide)
- SAIPE Home Page (Census Bureau)
Annual Social and Economic Supplement (Current Population Survey)
- Poverty Data (States)
American Community Survey (ACS)
- ACS Home Page (Census Bureau)
- Child Poverty Rates and Rankings by State, City and Congressional District (Kids Count)
Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
- SIPP Home Page (Census Bureau)
- U.S. Census Bureau Poverty Data Home Page
- Poverty Thresholds: Official thresholds by size of family and number of children, updated annually by the Census Bureau.
- Poverty Guidelines: Official guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- What's the Difference between Poverty Guidelines and Thresholds?: A FAQ from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- History of U.S. Poverty Thresholds: A brief overview of the development of the U.S. poverty line from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Self-Sufficiency Standard: The Self-Sufficiency Standard defines the amount of income necessary to meet basic needs without public subsidies (e.g., food stamps) and without private assistance (e.g., free babysitting by a relative). It is calculated for each Indiana county for a variety of family types.