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Median Household income, Poverty Rates, and Healthcare Coverage for Hispanics in the U.S., 2008 and 2009

Between 2008 and 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau has reported an increase in the number of Hispanics who were pursing higher levels of education.  These trends are reflected in the following table.





In 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau declared that the 2009 median household income, $49,777, remained statistically consistent with the 2008 median household income.  A similar trend was prevalent in the U.S. Hispanic population. In 2008, the Hispanic median household income was $37,769.  However, that number increased to $38,039 in 2009.  While the median household income for Hispanics in the U.S. did increase by .7% in 2009, the increase, much like the slight increase in the national median household income, did not prove to be statistically different from the previous year.
Similarly, Hispanics in the U.S. also closely followed national trends in relation to differences in their poverty rates between 2008 and 2009.  In 2009, the national poverty rate rose from 13.2 percent to 14.3 percent.  Thus, the number of people in poverty increased from 39.8 million in 2008 to 43.6 million in 2009.  Within the U.S. Hispanic population, poverty rates increased even more greatly.  The percent of Hispanics living in poverty jumped from 23.2 percent to 25.3 percent between 2008 and 2009. 

Another monetary issue the U.S. Census Bureau reported on was healthcare coverage.  Nationally, between 2008 and 2009, the number of people in the U.S. without healthcare increased from 46.3 million in 2008 to 50.7 million in 2009.  This meant that the percentage of people without healthcare in the U.S. rose from 15.4 percent to 16.7 percent between 2008 and 2009.  During the same period, the percentage of Hispanics also rose from 30.7 to 32.4 percent











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