Health coverage, income, and poverty all improved decisively in 2015

by Robert Greenstein

Robert Greenstein

For the first time since 1999, all three key indicators of well-being in the annual Census data moved decisively in the right direction in 2015.  The poverty rate dropped from 14.8 percent to 13.5 percent, tying the largest improvement since 1968.  The typical household’s income rose by 5.2 percent, or $2,798, after adjusting for inflation, the largest increase on record with data back to 1967.