Download KIDS COUNT Report on Better Way to Measure Poverty

Posted February 25, 2015
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog downloadkidscountreporton SPM 2015

The fed­er­al government’s offi­cial pover­ty mea­sure, cre­at­ed in the 1960s, fails to illus­trate the effect of pro­grams designed to help fam­i­lies suc­ceed. This data snap­shot high­lights the Sup­ple­men­tal Pover­ty Mea­sure (SPM), which cap­tures the effect of safe­ty-net pro­grams and tax poli­cies on fam­i­lies. By using the SPM, researchers have deter­mined that the child pover­ty rate has declined from 33% to 18% as a result of these pro­grams and poli­cies. Child pover­ty rates using the SPM are pro­vid­ed for the nation and each state.

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