For some time now, the struggling U.S. economy has dominated headlines and shaped conversation among Americans. New data released Tuesday in a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States (pdf)," paints an even starker picture of the challenges our nation faces:
- The U.S. poverty rate rose to 15.1 percent in 2010 -- up from 14.3 percent in 2009, and to its highest level since 1993.
- About 46.2 million people are now considered in poverty -- 2.6 million more than last year. That's nearly 1 in 6 people.
- More Americans were living in poverty in 2010 than at any time since at least the 1950s.
- The situation has hit black populations the hardest, with their poverty rate rising from 25.8 percent to 27.4 percent.
- Meanwhile, child poverty rose from 20.7 percent to 22 percent.