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Household income, health insurance coverage grow.

WASHINGTON -- The Census Bureau recently reported in its American Community Survey (ACS) that the real median household income in the United States rose 2.6% between 2016 and 2017. The 2017 U.S. median household income was $60,336 and was the highest measured by the ACS since it was fully implemented in 2005. Median household income was lower than the U.S. median in 29 states and higher in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Nebraska, Oregon and Wyoming had median incomes not statistically different from the U.S. median.

At the same time, the study also showed that the percentage of people without health insurance dropped.

Many large metropolitan areas saw an increase in income and a decrease in poverty rates between 2016 and 2017. During that same period, the health insurance coverage rate was 91.4% for the civilian noninstitutionalized population living inside metropolitan areas and 90.3% for the population living outside metropolitan areas. Today's release provides statistics for U.S. communities with populations of 65,000 or more.

Between 2016 and 2017, the health insurance coverage rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points for the civilian noninstitutionalized population living inside metropolitan areas. There was no statistically significant change in the health insurance coverage rate for the population living outside metropolitan areas during this period.

In 2017, the Boston metropolitan area had the highest health insurance coverage rate (97%) among the 25 most populous metropolitan areas. The Houston metropolitan area had the lowest rate (81.8%).

Between 2016 and 2017 the percentage of people covered by health insurance increased in four of the 25 most populous metropolitan areas. Increases in the rate of coverage ranged from 0.4% to 1%. Six metro areas had decreases in the percentage of people covered by health insurance. Decreases in the rate of coverage ranged from 0.4% to 0.9%. The remaining 15 most populous metro areas showed no significant change.

Between 2013 and 2017 the Los Angeles; Miami; and Riverside, Calif., metropolitan areas experienced the largest increases in the rate of health insurance coverage among the 25 most populous metropolitan areas. Their rates of health insurance coverage increased by 9% or more.

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