Magazine article Policy & Practice

Numbers in the News

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Numbers in the News

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* The estimate for the foreign-born population reached an all-time high of 38.1 million in 2007, representing 12.6 percent of the U.S. population.

At least one-in-five residents of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas spoke Spanish at home in 2007- U.S. Census Bureau

* About 12 million people, or 31 percent of all foreign-born, were born in Mexico.

California (27.4 percent), New York (21.8), New Jersey (19.9), Nevada (19.4) and Florida (18.9) had the highest percentage of foreign-born. - U.S. Census Bureau

* Median home values increased between 2006 and 2007 but at a significantly slower rate than in recent years. The percent change for property value from 2006 to 2007 (2 percent) was the lowest change from year to year since 2003 to 2004.

The highest median home value among the 20 largest metro areas was in the San Francisco, with $706,100. The Houston metro area had the lowest ($135,800).- U.S. Census Bureau

* Real median household income in the United States climbed 1.3 percent between 2006 and 2007, reaching $50,233. This is the third annual increase in real median household income.

Meanwhile, the nation's official poverty rate in 2007 was 12.5 percent, not statistically different from 2006. There were 37.3 million people in poverty in 2007, up from 36.5 million in 2006. The number of people without health insurance coverage declined from 47 million (15.8 percent) in 2006 to 45.7 million (15.3 percent) in 2007. - U.S. Census Bureau

* From 2007 to 2008, about twothirds of states raised their income eligibility limits enough to keep pace with or exceed inflation, as measured against the federal poverty level. Yet, from 2001 to 2008, only about half of states sufficiently increased their eligibility limits to keep up with inflation.

In 2008, about two-thirds of states were able to provide assistance to eligible families without placing them on waiting lists or freezing intake. This finding represents no significant change from 2007 but an improvement from 2001; some states had decreasing waiting lists from 2001 to 2007 but growing waiting lists within the past year - The National Women's Law Center

* In 2007, 19 states set the income eligibility limit for child care subsidies at 200 percent of the federal poverty level. …

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