American families finally earn more than they did in 1999

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For the second year in a row, household incomes rose across the nation, while the poverty and uninsured rates continued to decline, according to new data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The median household income increased nationwide between 2015 and 2016, from $57,230 to $59,039 - the second consecutive annual increase in income.

The new Census report also takes a look at health insurance coverage in America.

One reason the gap in Texas remains so wide is because state leaders chose not to expand Medicaid coverage, Dunkelberg said, keeping many low-income adults who don't have children or a disability out of the mainly federally funded program. They did say that increased employment is driving these numbers. While rising median income and a slight drop in overall poverty are positive signs, "there are still large gaps" among the races when looking at these measures. That's down from about 8.1 percent at the beginning of the decade. Apparently it pays to be married, because married-couple households saw a 1.6% rise in the median household income to $87,057 in 2016.

"Some people may be facing more inflation than others either by where they're living or what types of purchases they make".

"Detroit's income growth was the first significant increase since the recession, but it was not shared by all households", said Kurt Metzger, demographer and mayor of Pleasant Ridge.

The Atlantic provinces and Quebec had the lowest median incomes in the country in 2015, just as in 2005, although there were wide variations in Quebec. A Gallup poll released Tuesday found that 64 percent of Americans think their "standard of living" is improving, the highest percentage since the financial crisis, while only 19 percent feel their standard of living is declining.

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Non-Hispanic, white households have a real median income of $65,041, while black households have a median of $39,490.

At the same time, the number of American households that made less than $15,000 a year dipped to 11.2 percent, the lowest percentage since 2007.

Income inequality, or the measure by which those are the top of the wealth scale are wealthier than those at the bottom, is still large in the United States. Female full-time workers, however, saw their median earnings rise by less than 1/10 of 1 percent to $50,574, or just 81 percent of male earnings. Last year, women earned about 76 percent of what men earned, compared to 75 percent in 2015. That ranks 23rd nationwide, below the national average, but well above 2.5 percent uninsured rate for MA.

The Boston metro area's percentage of people in poverty fell from 10.2 percent to 9.6 percent.

His study prompted community leaders to organize a new anti-poverty group - Greater Syracuse HOPE (Healing, Opportunity, Prosperity and Engagement) - aimed at developing strategies to help poor people.

Excluding those older than 3 enrolled in post-secondary school, La Crosse County has a poverty rate of 8.75 percent, significantly lower than in Milwaukee, Racine or Kenosha counties.

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