Blacks and Hispanics in Maryland and Virginia are much more likely to be poor than whites or Asians there, but their poverty rates are still lower than the national average, the Census Bureau said Wednesday.
A census report on poverty rates for various racial and ethnic groups found poverty widespread among American Indians, blacks and Hispanics.
Nationwide, during 2007 and 2011, which encompasses the recession and the immediate aftermath, 43 million Americans — or slightly more than 14 percent — lived in poverty. But not every group was impacted equally. The poverty rate was 27 percent for American Indians, 26 percent for African Americans and 23 percent for Hispanics. Among whites and Asians, less than 12 percent were poor. The federal threshold for poverty is about $11,500 in annual income for an individual and about $23,000 for a family of four.
The Washington area has some of the most affluent counties in the country. The recession had less of an impact here than in most places in the nation, largely because of the prevalence of college-educated, two-income households and the stability created by federal jobs and contracting. But even in Washington, the recession bred an unusual degree of unemployment, job loss and poverty.