New Poverty Statistics Tool: Get Data about Low Income Families in America in Seconds for Free

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Researchers and planners often need to know how many low income families live in an area? Now thdey can use Cubit's new Poverty Statistics Report, a free web application that provides cut-and-paste ready poverty statistics for an area in seconds.

The report was soooo helpful...It would have a taken at least a week for a staff member to compile all the data we were able to get in seconds via your system...we saved at least a couple thousand dollars by getting the report...

Researchers and planners often need to get quick statistics and data about low income families in an area. Now when they need to pull low income data for an area, they can use Cubit's new Poverty Statistics Report (beta). Here's a sample Poverty Statistics Report for a neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas.

Free for Now
Right now, this tool is free for anyone to use to get cut-and-paste ready poverty data in seconds. Researchers, planners and writers use this data in their planning projects, grant applications, public involvement plans, proposals and research papers. Best of all, it only takes seconds to get the data. And it saves researchers time, because they can use this tool instead of hunting for the data on the Census' or the County's websites.

What Low Income Data is Included?
Currently, the Poverty Statistics Report includes:

  • Federal Poverty Guidelines for all 50 states plus Washington D.C.,
  • Median Household Income figures from the current American Community Survey,
  • Per Capita Income from the current American Community Survey,
  • Percent of Families below Poverty Level from the current American Community Survey,
  • Population with Income below the 1999 Poverty level from the Census 2000 and
  • Historic SNAP Benefit Recipients Counts (food stamps).

The report includes small area Census geographies like Census block groups and Census tracts as well as large geographies like cities, counties and states. And when the new Census data is released in December 2010, the Cubit app will include the new data.

How do Researchers get free Poverty Statistics Reports?
First, they need a free Cubit account. Over 400 planners and researchers have Cubit accounts. Here's the sign up page sign up. Sign up takes 30 seconds. Then, researchers will draw their area of interest on an online interactive map, and save their drawing. When they click on the Poverty Statistics Report button, they'll get cut-and-paste ready poverty data!

Why is this tool free?
The Poverty Data Statistics Report will be free as long as it’s in beta. It’s not finished yet. Cubit is seeking feedback from researchers and planners. Let me know how Cubit can make this tool even more valuable.


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