UNO Center for Public Affairs Research

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UNO Center for Public Affairs Research

Omaha , NE
United States
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P: (402) 554-2133


The Center for Public Affairs Research is a research and community outreach unit of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Survey research support is a key component of CPAR's mission. CPAR is also the lead agency for the Nebraska State Data Center Program. This program is a cooperative program between the U.S. Census Bureau and individual states. This relationship has resulted in CPAR taking an active role in analyzing and disseminating information from the decennial census and American Community Survey.

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  • Mondays: 08:00- 17:00
  • Tuesdays: 08:00- 17:00
  • Wednesdays: 08:00- 17:00
  • Thursdays: 08:00- 17:00
  • Fridays: 08:00- 17:00

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Extreme poverty actually higher among seniors than children... Caught this in the latest supplemental poverty measure report: extreme poverty defined as having an income of half the poverty threshold was 4.8% for people aged 65+ in 2013 versus 4.4% for kids under 18. Under the traditional/official approach the values are much different: 2.7% for seniors and 9.3% for kids. The supplemental approach accounts for noncash benefits like SNAP, WIC, and housing subsidies while factoring relevant costs like commuting, childcare, and medical out of pocket. It continues to "change the paradigm" of how poverty is evaluated. Note: seniors rely more on distributions of assets like IRAs and 401Ks that are not considered income on either poverty approach.

Published on 2014-10-29 18:08:30 GMT

Big Nebraska-Michigan State football game this weekend. For the 2 metros where these schools are located, Lincoln "wins" on this data point: having a more educated population. 36% of Lincoln metro residents aged 25+ have a Bachelor's Degree or more education vs. 32% in the Lansing-East Lansing metro. Like many "university towns" these 2 metros are in the 2nd 100 most populated metro areas. Among this peer group, Lincoln's % would rank 12th highest, Lansing's 20th. Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI lead on this measure, both with > 50% of the 25+ population with degrees.

Published on 2014-10-02 18:46:17 GMT

As predicted here yesterday, U.S. poverty declines in 2013 while median income is flat/up slightly. 2013 U.S poverty rate = 14.5%, down from 15.0% in 2012 2013 U.S. # in poverty = 45.3 million, down from 46.5 mil in 2012 Rate down for major race groups except Blacks and down for each major age group (significant declines for Hispanics and kids < 18). Real U.S. median income basically flat at $51,939 (up $180 or 0.3% from $51,759 in 2012). Increased significantly only among households headed by someone aged 15-24; aged 65+; or Hispanic.

Published on 2014-09-16 15:15:57 GMT

2013 State level health insurance data come out tomorrow. What changes will the ACA bring to the rankings? Last year Nebraska had the 17th lowest uninsured rate in the country; Iowa ranked 6th lowest. See here: Look for the report: Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S. 2013 on the Census Bureau webpage if interested. State level ACS data will be shown. Income and Poverty figures from the CPS will also be released (a big news maker in an election year). I'd guess poverty will fall and inflation adjusted income will be flat or up just slightly.

Published on 2014-09-15 17:36:37 GMT

New statistic we calculated shows potential service need: Nebraska has 31,000 people with a "vision difficulty". Of this a third or more than 10,000 live alone. Among those aged 65+ with a vision problem, 44% live alone, totaling about 6,400 Nebraskans. Living with a disability is difficult; doing so alone would be even more challenging. Data source: custom calculation from 2008-12 ACS PUMS file. Our office will conduct a training on this data source Oct 21. Details here: