Key stats, graphs, and maps on economic and social policy
$53,850: The average total debt among Americans with a credit file in 2013
That number was substantially higher for people with a mortgage ($209,768) than people without a mortgage ($11,592).
$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.
38.4% of black US children were poor in 2012, compared with 21.8% of all US children
More than one in five children in the United States lives in poverty—a total of over 16 million poor kids in all.
10%: The share of the federal budget dedicated to spending on children in 2014
The children’s share of the federal budget is projected to drop from 10 percent in 2014 to less than 8 percent in 2025.
78.8% of students in Sierra Leone in 2011 could walk to a school in 30 minutes or less
That number is up from 68 percent in 2005.
0.08%: The projected increase in health insurance coverage rates due to ACA’s employer mandate
The ACA’s employer mandate will not significantly expand coverage, and it may even have negative effects on low-wage workers.