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The Census Bureau's report *Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2004* was released on August 30, 2005. The report presented data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United States based on information collected in the 2005 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS). To view the entire report, please visit the
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In South Carolina, the 2002-2004 three-year average median income of households was $39,326, while the national three-year-average median household income was $44,473.

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Income of Households Using 2- and 3-Year Average Medians: 2002 to 2004(Income in 2004 Dollars)
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3-year average^{1} 2002-2004 (dollars) |
2-year average^{2} (dollars) |
Changes in median income (2003-2004 average less 2002-2003 average) | ||||||
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Median income | 90-percent confidence interval^{3} (±) |
2002-2003 | 2003-2004 | Dollars | Percentage change | |||

Median income | 90-percent confidence interval^{3} (±) |
Median income | 90-percent confidence interval^{3} (±) |
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South Carolina |
$39,326 | 1,328 | $39,615 | 1,648 | $39,130 | 1,466 | -485 | -1.2 |

United States |
$44,473 | 208 | $44,514 | 230 | $44,436 | 263 | -79 | -0.2 |

^{1} The 3-year average median is the sum of three inflation-adjusted single-year medians divided by 3.

^{2} The 2-year average median is the sum of two inflation-adjusted single-year medians divided by 2.

^{3} A 90-percent confidence interval is a measure of an estimate's variability. The larger the confidence interval in relation to the size of the estimate, the less reliable the estimate.

South Carolina's 2002-2004 three-year-average poverty rate was 14.0 percent, the same as the average rate for 2001-2003. The national three-year-average poverty rate for 2002-2004 was 12.4.

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Percentage of People in Poverty Using 2- and 3-year Averages: 2002 to 2004(People as of March the following year)
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3-year average 2002-2004 | 2-year average | Change in percentage points (2003-2004 average less 2002-2003 average)^{1} |
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Percentage | 90-percent confidence interval ^{2} (±) |
2002-2003 | 2003-2004 | Percentage | 90-percent confidence interval ^{2} (±) |
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Percentage | 90-percent confidence interval^{2} (±) |
Percentage | 90-percent confidence interval^{2} (±) |
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South Carolina |
14.0 | 1.4 | 13.5 | 1.5 | 13.8 | 1.7 | 0.3 | 1.4 |

United States |
12.4 | 0.2 | 12.3 | 0.2 | 12.6 | 0.2 | 0.3 | 0.2 |

^{1} Details may not sum to totals because of rounding.

^{2} A 90-percent confidence interval is a measure of an estimate's variability. The larger the confidence interval in relation to the size of the estimate, the less reliable the estimate.

An average of 13.8 percent of South Carolina's residents did not have health insurance coverage during the years 2002-2004. Nationwide, an average of 15.5 percent of the population did not have health insurance coverage in 2002-2004.

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Percentage of People without Health Insurance Coverage Using 2- and 3-year Averages: 2002 to 2004(People as of March the following year)
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3-year average 2002-2004 | 2-year average | Change in percentage points (2003-2004 average less 2002-2003 average)^{1} |
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Percentage | 90-percent confidence interval^{2} (±) |
2002-2003 | 2003-2004 | Percentage | 90-percent confidence interval^{2} (±) |
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Percentage | 90-percent confidence interval^{2} (±) |
Percentage | 90-percent confidence interval^{2} (±) |
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South Carolina |
13.8 | 0.9 | 13.4 | 1.0 | 14.5 | 1.1 | 1.1* | 1.0 |

United States |
15.5 | 0.1 | 15.4 | 0.1 | 15.7 | 0.1 | 0.2* | 0.1 |

* Statistically different from zero at the 90-percent confidence level.

^{1} Details may not sum to totals because of rounding.

^{2} A 90-percent confidence interval is a measure of an estimate's variability. The larger the confidence interval in relation to the size of the estimate, the less reliable the estimate.

**Source:** U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2003 to 2005 Annual Social and Economic Supplements.

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