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Data Released for State and Local Area Income, Poverty, Health Insurance

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its most detailed look at America’s people, places and economy with new statistics on income, poverty, health insurance and more than 40 other topics from the American Community Survey. The local-level income, poverty and health insurance statistics from the American Community Survey complement the national-level statistics released recently from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey.

According to the most recent census figures, more than 5.5 million Californians, including almost 1.8 million children, lived in poverty in 2016 based on the official poverty measure. The State Health Access Data Assistance Center, using estimates from the 2016 American Community Survey via the U.S. Census Bureau’s American FactFinder tool, has released the attached accompanying fact sheet on California that highlights the uninsurance rates for California in 2015 and 2016, by county, and by characteristics such as age, race/ethnicity and poverty level. For more information on the topics included in the American Community Survey, ranging from educational attainment to computer use to commuting, visit