By: Anna McClure, FellowPosted on September 15, 2011 Issues: Data on Poverty & Income Economic Justice

If you’ve been following the blog this week, you know that the Census Bureau just released new data on poverty in the U.S. in 2010. This year, for the first time, data on people with disabilities was included in the Bureau’s report. We commend the Census Bureau for making information about this vulnerable population readily available. (But, once again, the Bureau’s published report doesn’t provide much information specifically about women — so we crunched the numbers for you.)

The numbers for adults with disabilities, and women with disabilities in particular, are grim:

  • The poverty rate for adults with disabilities reached 20.9 percent in 2010, up from 19.5 percent from 2009. But it’s even worse for women: 23.2 percent of women with disabilities live in poverty.
  • Adults with disabilities make up a disproportionate share of those living in poverty. In 2010, adults with disabilities made up 19 percent of those in poverty, while making up only 11.7 percent of the population as a whole. Women with disabilities represented 19.5 percent of women living in poverty, but only 12.2 percent of women as a whole.
  • Extreme poverty is also higher among adults with disabilities, and women in particular. 7.2 percent of adults with disabilities, and 7.7 percent of women with disabilities have incomes less than half of the federal poverty level.

These numbers are just some of the distressing news from the Census Bureau on poverty, health insurance coverage, and the wage gap this week — be sure to check out NWLC’s in-depth analysis of the census data.

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