U.S. Census figures show poverty in the Bronx is high compared to rest of nation

The latest figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that poverty in New York City is on the rise while the number of uninsured has declined.

The numbers for 2003 show that the Bronx has a high poverty rate compared to the rest of the nation. In the Bronx, 28.7 percent of all residents are living below the poverty level and 40.1 percent of children are as well.

According to the Census Bureau poverty is defined as follows:Single person earning $9,400 per yearCouple earning $12,015 per yearFamily of four earning $18,810 per year

Meantime, the figures showed that the number of people with health insurance increased. Only 15.5 percent of residents lacked health insurance, which is an improvement over past years. But NYC Department of Health officials say in the Bronx access to health insurance remains a major problem.

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