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Income Poverty Rate

Asset Poverty Rate

Asset Poverty by Race

Asset Poverty by Gender

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Liquid Asset Poverty by Race

Liquid Asset Poverty by Gender

Liquid Asset Poverty by Family Structure

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Asset Poverty by Gender

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Definition

Ratio of the asset poverty rate of single male-headed households to single female-headed households, 2010.

Calculated by dividing the higher value by the lower value, i.e., single female-headed households divided by single male-headed households, except in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia where single male-headed households have higher rates of asset poverty.

A ratio of 1 indicates perfect equality; the higher the ratio, the greater the inequality. For example, the asset poverty rate for single female-headed households in Oregon is 1.7 times higher than for single male-headed households.

Data are point estimates produced from a national survey with relatively small samples for some states, which can result in imprecise estimates and ranks. States are not ranked on this measure due to insufficient data at the state level. For more information on how we measured precision and to download margin of error data for each state, see here.

Description

This measure describes the disparity in asset poverty between single male- and single female-headed households. Historically, women have faced barriers to or been prevented from acquiring assets, especially property and capital. However, when comparing single women to single men, asset poverty is only 1.14 (or 14%) higher for single women than it is for single men. In fact, asset poverty is higher for men in eight of the 29 states for which data is available.

The Scorecard compares single households in gender comparisons rather than all male- and female-headed households to disentangle issues of gender from marital status. For more information on wealth disparities by gender, see the work of Mariko Lin Chang.

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Asset Poverty by Gender

StateAsset Poverty,
Single Male-Headed
Households (%)
Asset Poverty,
Single Female-Headed
Households (%)
Ratio
United States  31.8%  36.3%  1.14 
Alabama  25.9% * 29.6%  1.14 
Alaska  —  —  — 
Arizona  27.5%  41.4%  1.50 
Arkansas  —  38.9%  — 
California  31.8%  39.1%  1.23 
Colorado  35.1%  28.7%  1.22 
Connecticut  —  33.8%  — 
Delaware  —  —  — 
District of Columbia  —  —  — 
Florida  37.5%  35.1%  1.07 
Georgia  38.2%  41.2%  1.08 
Hawaii  —  —  — 
Idaho  —  —  — 
Illinois  33.4%  36.1%  1.08 
Indiana  24.9%  36.7%  1.47 
Iowa  39.1%  26.8%  1.46 
Kansas  —  31.6%  — 
Kentucky  28.4%  33.5% * 1.18 
Louisiana  —  38.5%  — 
Maine  —  —  — 
Maryland  31.9%  31.2%  1.02 
Massachusetts  31.7%  40.1%  1.27 
Michigan  34.3% * 38.8%  1.13 
Minnesota  21.5% * 30.1%  1.40 
Mississippi  30.7%  41.2%  1.34 
Missouri  32.0%  31.1%  1.03 
Montana  —  —  — 
Nebraska  —  —  — 
Nevada  —  —  — 
New Hampshire  —  —  — 
New Jersey  37.1%  35.3%  1.05 
New Mexico  —  32.9% * — 
New York  39.4%  44.8%  1.14 
North Carolina  38.7%  38.5%  1.01 
North Dakota  —  —  — 
Ohio  31.8%  37.6%  1.18 
Oklahoma  27.0% * 33.9%  1.26 
Oregon  24.0%  40.2%  1.67 
Pennsylvania  27.3%  29.2%  1.07 
Rhode Island  —  —  — 
South Carolina  24.7%  40.1%  1.62 
South Dakota  —  —  — 
Tennessee  31.0%  33.3%  1.07 
Texas  30.5%  35.5%  1.16 
Utah  —  —  — 
Vermont  —  —  — 
Virginia  28.3%  26.6%  1.07 
Washington  29.5%  30.8%  1.04 
West Virginia  —  24.4% * — 
Wisconsin  29.7%  33.8%  1.14 
Wyoming  —  —  — 

Source

Survey of Income and Program Participation, 2008 Panel, Wave 7. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2012. Data calculated by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

"—" indicates that no data is available, or data is suppressed due to a margin of error that is greater than 50% of the estimate.

Footnotes

* Indicates that the margin of error is greater than 25% of the estimate, and as such, this estimate is too imprecise to rank. Caution should be used when using this data.

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