The release of new Census data regarding income, poverty, and insurance coverage in 2010 has caused quite a stir over the last few weeks. I posted a preview from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities , but over the next week or so, I will be posting my thoughts on the new data.
As you all know the data has been given a thorough review on various blogs, in newspapers and magazines, and on television. I think they do a great job of covering the major trends like median income has declined since 2009, but I think they miss the details sometimes. To me the details of this kind of data are important, so in my posts I will be pointing out the details that struck me in this data. Today’s post will focus on income data. Specifically:
Differences between Female-headed Households and Male-headed Households
I think it is generally understood that median household income for married households is higher than single-parent households. But, what struck me was the difference in estimated median household income between single mother households and single father households. The estimated median household income for a single mother household was $32,031 in 2010 compared to $49,718 for a single father household. The estimated median income for single father households actually increased by 1.7% between 2009 and 2010, while single mother households saw a decrease of 3.3%.
Differences between Living Inside the Principal City and Living Outside the Principal City
When a person lives in a metropolitan area, they either live inside the principal city (Tulsa is our principal city) or outside the principal city (Broken Arrow, Bixby, or Owasso are examples). Those living inside the principal city had an estimated median income of $44,049 in 2010 while those living outside the principal city had an estimated median income of $59,140. The estimated median income of those living inside the principal city dropped 3.4% compared to 2.4% for those living outside the principal city.
Age of Householder
The 2010 Census reveals that householders under the age of 25 saw their estimated median income decrease 9.3% from 2009 to 2010. The group’s estimated median income dropped to $28,322 in 2010. Households with householders between 25 and 34 saw their income drop 1.9% to $50,059. This stuck out to me because the majority of children served by CAP have mother’s under age of 30.
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