Hispanics have the highest poverty rate of the nation's largest racial and ethnic groups under an alternative Census Bureau calculation known as the Supplemental Poverty Measure. The alternative measure is intended to better reflect the costs of basic living expenses as well as the resources people have to pay them.
The financial hardships caused by the Great Recession have helped fuel the largest increase in modern history in the number of Americans living in multi-generational households. From 2007 to 2009, this group spiked from 46.5 million people to 51.4 million.
More Latino children are living in poverty—6.1 million in 2010—than children of any other racial or ethnic group.
Recent Pew Research Center reports provide extra context for Tuesday's announcement by the Census Bureau the nation's poverty rate grew to 15.1% in 2010.
This statistical profile of the foreign-born population is based on Pew Hispanic Center tabulations of the Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey.