Access Two Years of Poverty Tracker Data

The CPSP has released two years of Poverty Tracker data collected from 2013 to 2015. The data comes from nine surveys administered approximately every 3 months following the baseline survey. The baseline, 12m, and 24m surveys contain repeated follow-up questions that are used to calculate hardship and poverty measures. The other surveys focus on specific topics such as health and well-being, service utilization, assets and debt, consumption, work and employment, and health and immigration. The data files contain survey data (in STATA, R, and CSV formats) along with code books and surveys.  To protect the confidentiality of respondents the data has been stripped of any identifying information.

This data is a valuable resource for researchers and policy makers hoping to better understand poverty, hardship, and disadvantage in NYC.  The data can be accessed here

Historical SPM Data Sets - National and State Level

CPSP researchers have created a historical version of the Census' and Bureau of Labor Statistics' Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) which dates back to 1967. The SPM improves upon official poverty statistics by taking a fuller accounting of the resources that families have at their disposal. As such, it is a useful tool for analyzing the effects of social policies on the lives of low-income families. Click here to download the historical SPM data and here to access state-level poverty estimates dating back to 1976.