Our Census, ourselves

Further depressing us this morning, here’s the 2012 Census Data for Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States. Freelancer Daniel Froomkin wrote, “46.5M Americans living in poverty. That's worth more than one story a year.” Pat Garofalo with U.S. News & World Report wrote, “Last year, poverty didn't go down and incomes didn't go up.” Matt O'Brien at The Atlantic tweeted, “Welcome to the recovery.”

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil Irwin writes that the typical American family makes less than it did in 1989. Ezra Klein from the Washington Post said, “Well, this is insanely depressing.” Carla Correa also at the Washington Post suggested, “Let's jump in the time machine.”

Similarly, Matt Phillips at Quartz writes that American incomes are down 8.3% since 2007. He added, “Long-term look at US median income since 1967.” Ritchie S. King there wrote, “Poverty rate, median income, and income inequality did not budge in the US from 2011 to 2012.” Colleague Zach Seward tweeted: “$56,080 — US median household income in 1999 $51,017 — US median household income in 2012.” Penelope Wang from CNN called it a “Hollowing out of middle class.”

Speaking of recovery, NowThis News made a time-lapse GIF of the Costa Concordia being pulled upright. Sandy Maltzman from CNBC called it, “Awesome.” Taylor Dobbs with Vermont Public Radio wrote, “So cool.” Bella Mackie at the Guardian let us know it’s “Oddly mesmerizing.”

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