Key stats, graphs, and maps on economic and social policy
Children of immigrants account for nearly one-quarter of all children in the US
It continues to rise as the number of children of immigrants rises and those of native-born parents falls.
15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2012, the highest rate in 50 years
The poverty rate was roughly as high as it has been in any year since 1965, but it lower than one might expect post-recession.
The mean annual earnings of working youth: just under $9,500
Working youth typically earn much more than pocket change, but not enough to thrive on their own.
In 2010, whites on average had 6x the wealth of blacks and Hispanics
The wealth gap is growing—in 1983, the average wealth of whites was roughly five times that of blacks and Hispanics.
2 million certificates and associate’s degrees were awarded in 2010-11
Focusing on the degrees awarded by four-year colleges misses much of what postsecondary institutions offer today.
Black and Hispanic Americans are 2x as likely to have student loan debt as whites
Sixteen percent of whites have student loan debt, as do 34 percent of African Americans and 28 percent of Hispanics.