Lingering Pain from Recession: Poverty Rates Up, Median Income Down from 2007 to 2012 in Many Parts of PA

Five years since the beginning of the Great Recession, lower- and middle-income Pennsylvanians continue to struggle in many parts of the state.

According to data from the American Community Survey (ACS) (compiled and published by the U.S. Census), Pennsylvania's overall poverty rate increased from 11.6% in 2007 to 13.7% in 2012, and poverty among children increased from 15.9% in 2007 to 19.4% in 2012. During this same period, median household income in Pennsylvania fell from $53,789 to $51,230, in 2012 dollars. All of these changes are statistically significant.

Click below for a comparison of 2007 and 2012 ACS data: