Tables: Pa. Metro and County Data on Poverty and Uninsured Rates

Poverty has risen sharply in most regions of Pennsylvania, highlighting the widespread impact of the recession and the need for policymakers to protect struggling families and invest in building a stronger economy.

Read a press release about the U.S. Census Bureau's recent release of data on poverty and uninsured rates in the American Community Survey.  Scroll down for details on poverty rates, uninsured rates and types of health insurance coverage organized by major metro area in Pennsylvania and by county (only counties with populations of 60,000 or more).

Poverty and uninsured rates have risen in most parts of PA (2007 to 2010)

  Poverty Rates (%) 2010 Uninsured Rates (in %)
Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas 2007   2010 Change Total Children (0-17) Working Aged Adults (18-64) Elderly (65+)
Pennsylvania 11.6% * 13.4% 1.8% 10.2% 5.2% 14.3% 0.4%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 8.0 * 11.7 3.7 10.3 6.2 14.2 0.1
Altoona, PA 13.7   12.3 -1.4 10.8 5.3 15.6 0.2
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 12.4 * 16.5 4.1 7.7 4.0 10.5 0.5
Chambersburg, PA 7.8   9.2 1.4 12.7 11.1 16.7 0.1
DuBois, PA 15.8   16.4 0.6 11.1 3.0 16.9 0.0
East Stroudsburg, PA 8.7 * 13.6 4.9 11.6 4.7 16.6 0.2
Erie, PA 14.5 * 17.4 2.9 9.6 4.2 13.7 0.5
Gettysburg, PA 7.4 * 10.2 2.9 9.5 8.0 12.4 0.3
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 8.7 * 10.9 2.2 9.2 4.9 12.7 0.6
Indiana, PA 20.8   18.8 -2.0 11.6 3.5 16.7 0.0
Johnstown, PA Metro Area 13.9   12.9 -1.0 9.1 3.2 13.9 0.0
Lancaster, PA 8.7 * 10.5 1.7 13.3 13.6 15.9 2.2
Lebanon, PA 8.6   10.9 2.3 10.3 9.3 13.1 1.4
Meadville, PA 13.8 * 20.7 6.9 14.3 14.6 17.9 0.1
New Castle, PA 14.3   16.6 2.4 11.0 6.9 15.7 0.6
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 11.5 * 12.7 1.3 10.1 4.4 14.3 0.5
Pittsburgh, PA 11.2 * 12.2 1.0 8.3 2.5 12.3 0.1
Pottsville, PA 12.0   12.7 0.7 9.4 3.9 13.9 0.6
Reading, PA 11.3 * 14.1 2.8 9.8 5.5 13.6 0.3
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 11.9 * 14.9 3.0 10.6 5.9 15.1 0.1
Somerset, PA 10.3 * 14.4 4.1 12.8 7.2 18.6 0.3
State College, PA 15.1 * 20.9 5.8 8.6 5.5 10.4 1.3
Sunbury, PA 12.9   15.1 2.2 11.5 4.6 16.7 2.1
Williamsport, PA 12.9 * 18.0 5.1 10.9 7.3 14.7 1.0
York-Hanover, PA 8.9   9.2 0.3 9.1 3.6 13.1 0.5

Note. *Poverty rate is statistically different at the 90 percent confidence level from the 2010 poverty rate.

Source. Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center calculations based on the American Community Survey 2007-2010

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Poverty and uninsured rates have risen in many PA counties (2007 to 2010)

  Poverty Rates (%) 2010 Uninsured Rates (in %)
Counties 2007   2010 Change Total Children (0-17) Working Aged Adults (18-64) Elderly (65+)
Adams 7.4% * 10.2% 2.9% 9.5% 8.0% 12.4% 0.3%
Allegheny 11.7   12.0 0.3 8.0 2.2 11.9 0.1
Armstrong 13.3   13.4 0.1 8.5 3.0 12.9 -
Beaver 9.1 * 16.1 7.0 7.4 2.2 11.3 -
Berks 11.3 * 14.1 2.8 9.8 5.5 13.6 0.3
Blair 13.7   12.3 -1.4 10.8 5.3 15.6 0.2
Bucks 5.2   6.2 1.0 6.7 3.1 9.5 0.4
Butler 8.3   8.8 0.5 7.6 3.7 10.9 0.2
Cambria 13.9   12.9 -1.0 9.1 3.2 13.9 -
Carbon NA   12.6 NA 14.5 4.4 21.9 0.5
Centre 15.1 * 20.9 5.8 8.6 5.5 10.4 1.3
Chester 5.4   6.2 0.8 8.6 5.5 11.4 0.7
Clearfield 15.8   16.4 0.6 11.1 3.0 16.9 -
Columbia 12.9   16.4 3.5 8.2 4.5 11.1 -
Crawford 13.8 * 20.7 6.9 14.3 14.6 17.9 0.1
Cumberland 6.0   6.8 0.8 7.1 3.3 10.0 0.1
Dauphin 11.1 * 14.4 3.3 10.3 4.8 14.4 0.8
Delaware 9.8   9.7 -0.1 9.2 4.2 13.0 0.2
Erie 14.5 * 17.4 2.9 9.6 4.2 13.7 0.5
Fayette 19.8   21.1 1.3 12.5 5.2 18.6 -
Franklin 7.8   9.2 1.4 12.7 11.1 16.7 0.1
Indiana 20.8   18.8 -2.0 11.6 3.5 16.7 -
Lackawanna 12.8   13.4 0.6 10.4 5.3 14.7 -
Lancaster 8.7 * 10.5 1.7 13.3 13.6 15.9 2.2
Lawrence 14.3   16.6 2.4 11.0 6.9 15.7 0.6
Lebanon 8.6   10.9 2.3 10.3 9.3 13.1 1.4
Lehigh 8.6 * 13.7 5.1 10.7 6.5 14.7 0.1
Luzerne 11.5 * 16.1 4.6 11.0 6.8 15.6 0.2
Lycoming 12.9 * 18.0 5.1 10.9 7.3 14.7 1.0
Mercer 10.4 * 16.7 6.4 11.3 12.2 14.1 0.5
Monroe 8.7 * 13.6 4.9 11.6 4.7 16.6 0.2
Montgomery 5.3   5.5 0.2 6.5 2.8 9.3 0.3
Northampton 7.5 * 10.9 3.4 9.3 6.4 12.6 -
Northumberland 12.9   15.1 2.2 11.5 4.6 16.7 2.1
Philadelphia 23.8 * 26.7 2.9 14.9 5.2 20.9 0.9
Schuylkill 12.0   12.7 0.7 9.4 3.9 13.9 0.6
Somerset 10.3 * 14.4 4.1 12.8 7.2 18.6 0.3
Washington 9.2   10.1 0.9 8.6 2.6 12.9 0.3
Westmoreland 9.4   10.1 0.7 7.9 1.8 12.4 -
York 8.9   9.2 0.3 9.1 3.6 13.1 0.5

Notes. *Poverty rate is statistically different at the 90 percent confidence level from the 2010 poverty rate. Only counties with populations of 65,000 or more are included in this table.

Source. Keystone Research and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center calculations based on the American Community Survey 2007-2010

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Health Insurance Coverage by Type

View tables detailing health insurance coverage by type:

All Ages: PDF

Under 18: PDF

18-64: PDF

65 and Over: PDF

All of the Above: Excel