46.2 million Americans lived in poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009, according to new data released by the Census Bureau. This is the fourth consecutive annual increase in the poverty rate and the largest poverty estimate since the Census began to measure it over fifty years ago, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).
The national poverty rate rose to 15.1% in 2010, up from 14.3% in 2009, which is the highest share of Americans since 1993. Real median income fell to $49,445 in 2010. It has declined 7.1% from peak levels in 1999.
Connecticut’s poverty rate in 2010 was 8.3%, or approximately 292,000 people, with a statewide median income of $66,452.