Visualization: Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates

An interactive visualization of household income and poverty data for states and counties.

The United States Census Bureau gathers statistics in a program called Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, or SAIPE. The bureau describes the program:

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program provides annual estimates of income and poverty statistics for all school districts, counties, and states. The main objective of this program is to provide estimates of income and poverty for the administration of federal programs and the allocation of federal funds to local jurisdictions. In addition to these federal programs, state and local programs use the income and poverty estimates for distributing funds and managing programs.

The source of the data is this:

The estimates are not direct counts from enumerations or administrative records, nor direct estimates from sample surveys. Instead, for counties and states, we model income and poverty estimates by combining survey data with population estimates and administrative records.

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Example from the visualization. Click for larger.