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Surprise! Poverty Increased for College Graduates and Married-Couple Families in 2014

We’re still analyzing the latest Census data, but one of the findings reported by the Census Bureau was particularly striking:  people with at least a bachelor’s degree and married-couple families were among the few groups for whom poverty increased in a statistically significant way.

Poverty for married-couple families increased from 5.7 percent in 2013 to 6.2 percent in 2014. The poverty rate for people 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher increased from 4.4 percent in 2013 to 5.0 percent in 2014.

To be sure, the poverty rates for these groups were still substantially lower than the rates for female-headed families and individuals without a college degree. But with all the blaming and shaming of single mothers, these data are a reminder that getting married and graduating from college don’t guarantee that you won’t be poor.