The official poverty rate in 2016 was 12.7 percent. In 2016 there were 40.6 million people in poverty.
The median income of non-Hispanic White, Black, and Hispanic-origin households increased 2 percent, 5.7 percent, and 4.3 percent between 2015 and 2016. (For Asian households, the change in median was not significant). Source
In Kansas, 12% of people were in poverty and 7% were in extreme poverty in 2015. Source
- 85,000 Black and Hispanic children fell below 200% of the poverty line in 2015.
In Missouri, 14% of people were in poverty and 9% were in extreme poverty in 2015. Source
- 176,000 Black or Hispanic children fell below 200% of the poverty line in 2015.
More than 500,000 Americans remained homeless by the end of 2015. Source
In Kansas, 2,255 people were homeless in 2017. Source
In Missouri, 6,194 people were are homeless in 2017. Source
In 2014, 84 percent of Black 16 to 19 year olds and 72 percent of Hispanic or Latino 16 to 19 years olds were jobless. Source
In Kansas, 4.2% of people are unemployed. Source
In Missouri, 4.4% of people are unemployed. Source
Employment rates decreased 14 percent for Blacks and 21 percent for Hispanic or Latinos from 2005 to 2014. Source
The United States has five percent of the world’s population, and holds 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Source
In Kansas, 813 youths resided in juvenile justice and correctional facilities and 16,438 adults were incarcerated in prison and jail in 2017. Source
In Missouri, 1,226 youths resided in juvenile justice and correctional facilities and 43,758 adults were incarcerated in prison and jail in 2017. Source
Opioid Addiction & Overdose Source
Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder in 2015, 2 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 591,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroine.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., with 523,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015.
- 20,101 were due to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 were due to heroin
- Prescribing rates for adolescents for prescription opioids have nearly doubled from 1994 to 2007
- Prescription pain reliever overdose deaths have increased more than 400% for women and 237% for men from 1999 to 2010.
- Heroin overdose deaths among women tripled from 2010 to 2013.