Helpful Resources on Poverty in the U.S.

The best strategies to close the economic gap rely on sound information to be valid and credible. But with programs to run and clients to serve, who has time to scour the web in search of data? Emerge Solutions is dedicated to helping you help people move out of poverty. For that reason, we now put information that you may find helpful right at your fingertips. Each quarter, we highlight a few information sources in the space below. To download our full catalog, click here. If you have information resources you’ve found valuable to add to our list, contact us.

Featured Resources

Poverty in the United States in 2015: In Brief

This collection of data is the latest of a series of updates on poverty prepared by the Congressional Research Service for members and committees of Congress. Topics include How the Official Poverty Measure is Computed, Poverty for Demographic Groups (family structure, age, work status, and race and Hispanic origin) and Poverty Rates by State. A couple of take-aways from 2015:

  • The poverty rate dropped from 14.8% to 13.5% in 2015, with declines among many demographic groups.
  • The poverty rate has declined sharply over the years for people age 65 and over, from 28.5 percent in 1966 to 14.6 percent in 2015.
  • People under the age of 18 currently experience the highest poverty rate among age groups at 15.4%, nearly twice the poverty rate for working-age adults (8.3 percent).


The National Poverty Center (NPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan

According to its website, NPC was established in 2002 “as a university-based, nonpartisan research center.  We conduct and promote multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research, mentor and train emerging scholars, and inform public discourse on the causes and consequences of poverty.” The site provides a wealth of information, including poverty data, links to downloadable research papers and other resources, lists of books published in connection to NPC, and book reviews. Research topics include health and poverty, marriage and family, race and ethnicity, welfare reform, and The Well-Being of Families and Children as Measured by Consumptive Behavior.