Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Census Bureau Poverty Page

Census Bureau Poverty Page – https://www.census.gov/topics/income-poverty/poverty.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How does the government define poverty?
  • What are the poorest areas of the United States?
  • What proportion of US children live in poverty?


Links to reports and maps on poverty in the United States. May be helpful in placing stories in high poverty areas or general background of people in poverty (demographics, access to insurance, etc). Most useful sections to writers will probably be “About Poverty”, “Publications” and “Related Sites.” “Related Sites” links to other government agencies that deal with poverty along with some nonprofit poverty research centers.


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