How has the economy impacted what Americans look like to a government statistician? Well how about some of these eye-openers released on September 10th by our friendly Census Bureau?
People without health insurance: 46.3 million or 15.4% of the population (but fewer uninsured children: 7.3 million from 8.1 million in 2007). Rising.
2008 median family income: $50,303, a 3.6% decline from 2007 (hate to think what 2009 will look like!). The biggest decline since 1991.
People covered by employer-supplied healthcare insurance: 58.5% of the nation's population in 2008, although that percentage has been steadily decreasing.
Percentage of people at or below federal poverty rate: 13.2% (up from 12.5% in 2007) and rising. The represents 39.8 million people (14 million children). Highest in 11 years and rising.
Average size of new homes: 7% smaller in the first three months of 2009 over 2008. First contraction (to 2,065 sq. feet) in the size of new homes since 1994.
We live in a world of numbers. They haven’t been looking too good of late.
I’m Peter Dekom, and a short blog works once and awhile