NYC Poverty Rates Rising, Now 1 in 5: Census

Friday, Sep 23, 2011  |  Updated 6:32 AM EDT
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New Census figures paint a disturbing picture of New York City: incomes are plummeting and poverty is surging. Right now, 1 in 5 New York City residents are living below the poverty line. Roseanne Colletti reports.

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New Census figures paint a disturbing picture of New York City: incomes are plummeting and poverty is surging. Right now, 1 in 5 New York City residents are living below the poverty line. Roseanne Colletti reports.

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Poverty levels in New York City are on the rise, affecting one in five residents, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  

The information from the 2010 American Community Survey was released Thursday. It showed the poverty rate had increased from 18.7 percent in 2009 to 20.1 percent in 2010.     

The increase among children under 18 was even greater. The poverty rate for them hit 30 percent in 2010 from 27.1 percent in 2009.     

Both of those jumps were bigger than the increases for the country as a whole.     

Nationwide, the poverty rate increased to 15.1 percent in 2010 for all people, up from 14.3 percent.

For children under 18, it rose to 21.6 percent from 20 percent the year before.     

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