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Census Report – Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates: 2012 Highlights

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE):  2012 Highlights. U.S. Census Bureau. Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division (SEHSD). Small Area Estimates Branch (SAEB) . Issued December 2013.

“This document presents 2012 data released by the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program of the U.S. Census Bureau in December of 2013. The SAIPE program produces single-year poverty statistics for all school districts, counties and states in the United States. The main objective of the SAIPE program is to provide timely, reliable estimates of income and poverty for the administration of federal programs and the allocation of federal funds to local jurisdictions. Some state and  local programs also use SAIPE income and poverty estimates to distribute funds and manage programs. Specifically, the SAIPE program produces county and state estimates of the total number of people in poverty, children under age 5 in poverty (for states only), related children ages 5 to 17 in families in poverty, children under age 18 in poverty, and median household income. Additionally, school district estimates are generated for the total population, number of children ages 5 to 17 and number of related children ages 5 to 17 in families in poverty. Due to the comprehensive geographic coverage and one-year focus, SAIPE data can be used to analyze geographic variation in poverty and income, as well as changes over time. The purpose of this document is to highlight several key aspects of such analysis.”

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