Key stats, graphs, and maps on economic and social policy
76%: The increase in SNAP use between the beginning of the recession in 2007 and 2012
46 million people received SNAP benefits in 2012, making the $72 billion program a key part of the social safety net.
$15,900: The median wealth of young families in 2010, a third of young families’ wealth in 1983
In regard to wealth accumulation, millennials are a “lost generation,” due to the recession, student loan debt, and other factors.
Governments paid $137 billion to nonprofit organizations for services in 2012
In the United States, governments partner with nonprofits to provide needed services in communities across the country.
Poor adults are almost 5x more likely to report being in fair or poor health
Low-income Americans have higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other chronic disorders than wealthier Americans.
For twenty-something white women, 81% of the fertility decrease is due to declining marriage rates
The recession has accelerated a long-term decline in the proportion of married white, black, and Latina women in their twenties.
About 30% of young people ages 16–18 who left school without a high school diploma are working
They are disproportionately male, Hispanic, and not living with a parent. Most left school before high school or in 12th grade.