Americans Are Terrible at Estimating Income Inequality

In some surprising ways.


How States Rejecting the Medicaid Expansion Sabotaged Their Biggest Cities

Major urban areas are magnets for the uninsured, and the state politicians who turned down the Medicaid expansion are not the ones who will pay to treat them.


The High Cost of Not Having Enough

More on poverty and cognitive bandwidth.


How Poverty Taxes the Brain

Scientists have discovered that being poor actually impairs our cognitive abilities.


The Insane, True Costs of Raising a Family in America's Major Metros

Why the federal poverty line really doesn't reflect a family's needs.

Urban Institute

Poverty Maps From 1980 Look Astonishingly Different Compared to 2010

In every metropolitan area in the U.S.


Why Suburban Poverty Is Less Visible and More Insidious

Today's poor have a new problem: isolation.


The Suburbanization of Poverty

Public perception has yet to catch up to the reality that the poor now live in the suburbs, too.

Flickr/Ed Yourdon

Does Who You See on the Street Determine How Long You'll Live?

New research suggests who you see may subtly affect your life expectancy.