Impact of the Recession on Pennsylvania’s Poverty, Uninsured Rates Varies by Location

January 25, 2011

NonProfit Resource Memo

Analysis from The Keystone Research Center paints a troubling picture of the extent of the recession’s impact on Pennsylvania families, with median family income down by nearly 1.5 percent between 2007 and 2009 and poverty rates on the rise. According to Census data, Pittsburgh’s poverty rate rose to 12.3 percent (up from 11.2 percent) between 2007 and 2009 while the rate for Allegheny County increased to 13.3 percent (from 11.7 percent). Centre, Dauphin and Lackawanna Counties also saw an increase in poverty rates.

Philadelphia County reported the highest rate of uninsured persons (over 14.5 percent). However, The Keystone Research Center’s analysis indicates that approximately twice the number of uninsured children reside in rural areas of Pennsylvania versus urban centers.

Read more about Pennsylvania poverty and uninsured rates at The Keystone Research Center website.