The Poverty Research Team has created a data tool which allows users to access NYC Opportunity's poverty rates. The NYC Government Poverty Measure differs from the official poverty measure in two fundamental ways.
First, it expands the scope of the resources it accounts for in determining poverty. In addition to pre-tax cash (the income measure used in the official measure), our measure includes the effect of income and payroll taxes, and the value of in-kind nutritional and housing assistance. Non-discretionary spending for commuting to work, childcare, and out-of-pocket medical care are accounted for as deductions from income.
Second, we adjust a U.S.-wide threshold developed for the Census Bureau's Supplemental Poverty Measure to reflect the relatively high cost of housing in New York City.
The data tool displays NYC Opportunity's poverty rates for select population groups by different demographic characteristics as sample size allows. When the sample size is too small to generate reliable results, the demographic selection buttons are de-selected. Users should bear in mind that the data are subject to revision.
For more information and to see how the NYC government poverty measure compares to official poverty measures, see our latest report, the New York City Government Poverty Measure, 2005-2015. If you have any questions about the data tool, please contact NYC Opportunity.