Looking for new and notable information to help you dig deeper into an issue? Start with these featured reports and web sites, and then browse through our full selection by topic.
Profile of Older Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, November 2022, 20 pp.
National data profile of older adults, including living arrangements, racial and ethnic composition, geographic distribution, income, poverty, housing, employment, education, health and health care, disability, and caregiving. New reports are issued annually. more info >
Child Tax Credit Options for Reducing Child Poverty
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Columbia Center on Poverty and Social Policy, November 2022, 3 pp.
One of a series of reports presents state Child Tax Credit options that would reduce state child poverty rates when coupled with existing federal law. more info >
America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, October 2022, 33 pp.
Reports data on a set of indicators of child well-being. Indicators included are in the categories of family and social environment, economic categories, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This is an annual report. more info >
Advancing Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families: Policy Options for Governors
NGA Center for Best Practices, September 2022, 25 pp.
Suggests a range of strategies for policymakers to help promote savings and increase income levels among low-income individuals and families. more info >
Social Security Quick Fact Sheets
AARP, June 2022, 2 pp.
National and individual state data on the number of residents receiving Social Security and its impacts on individuals and the economy. more info >
The Supplemental Expenditure Poverty Measure: A new method for measuring poverty
Brookings Institute, March 2022, 88 pp.
Examines a new method for measuring poverty in the United States,based on families’ spending and easily accessible resources, finds that about eight million more people lived in poverty in 2019 than reported by the government’s conventional income-based approach. more info >
Understanding Coping Strategies of Mothers with Low Income
Urban Institute, January 2022, 75 pp.
An exploratory study of the strategies that mothers with young children and few economic resources use to meet their caregiving and related needs. The report also examines the role of community-based organizations in supporting mothers and families and improving outcomes for children. more info >
Do Sectoral Training Programs Work? What the Evidence on Project Quest and Year Up Really Shows
Brookings Institution, January 2022, 8 pp.
This report examines evidence on the sector-based programs Project Quest and Year Up, concluding that they remain among the most successful education and training efforts available for US workers. more info >
The State of America's Children
Children's Defense Fund, December 2021, 86 pp.
A compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. Report is compiled annually. more info >
The Connection Between Unpredictable Work Schedules and Meeting Basic Household Needs
Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, November 2021, 6 pp.
Examines how the lack of a stable and predictable work schedule can lead to income volatility and contribute to a host of other challenges for low-income individuals and households. more info >
Rural America at a Glance: 2021 Edition
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, November 2021, 18 pp.
This report highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas, focusing on the U.S. rural economy, including employment, population, poverty, and income trends. more info >
Personal Income by County and Metropolitan Area, 2020
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, November 2021, 20 pp.
National profile of personal income by county. more info >
North Dakota KIDS COUNT Fact Book
North Dakota KIDS COUNT, October 2019, 219 pp.
Provides North Dakota state, region, and county-level data on child well-being, including demographics, family and community, economic well-being, education and early care, health, and safety and risky behaviors. more info >
The Poverty-Reducing Effect of Five Key Government Programs in Rural and Urban America
Carsey School of Public Policy, April 2019, 4 pp.
Poverty data from the American Community Survey were released on September 17, 2015, allowing a detailed examination of poverty in 2014 across the United States. This brief discusses changes in child poverty between 2013 and 2014 and since 2009, just after the Great Recession ended. more info >
State of the Heartland: Factbook 2018
Brookings Institute, November 2018, 110 pp.
This report benchmarks the performance of the 19-state American “Heartland” on 26 socioeconomic measures and is intended to help Heartland leaders and citizens better comprehend the region’s current trajectory at a time of rapid economic and social change. more info >
Climate Change and Its Impact on Infrastructure Systems in the Midwest
Midwest Economic Policy Institute, October 2017, 10 pp.
This study examines how climate change will negatively impact transportation and infrastructure systems across the Midwest. It offers information for policymakers regarding the potential costs and consequences of climate change, and recommends actions to protect communities and the economy. more info >
Refugee Integration in the United States
Center for American Progress, June 2016, 56 pp.
This report examines how refugee groups in the United States fare in the long run. It finds that over time, refugees integrate well into their new communities. After being in the United States for 10 years, refugees are in many regards similar to their U.S.-born neighbors, with similar rates of labor force participation and business ownership. more info >
Bringing Vitality to Main Street: How Immigrant Small Businesses Help Local Economies Grow
Fiscal Policy Institute, January 2015, 42 pp.
Looks at the role immigrants play as neighborhood business owners. Includes strategies for assisting immigrant businesses as a way to impact neighborhood revitalization and economic development. The report includes Minneapolis-St. Paul as a metro area case study. more info >
Disrupting Poverty: Coming Together to Build Financial Security for Individuals and Communities
FSG, March 2014, 29 pp.
Highlights lessons learned and best practices from projects that work to disrupt poverty by building financial security. more info >
Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, January 2014, 8 pp.
Charts progress on addressing poverty over the last 50 years, including among the elderly and children. more info >
Prosperity Now Scorecard
Ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on performance measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care and Education. more info >