Our policy briefs deliver our cutting-edge research directly to
policy makers, researchers, and stakeholders in an accessible
format. These peer-reviewed resources are short and
informative analyses of our research relating to poverty and
Poverty Facts is a series that provides key background
information for understanding research and policies affecting
poverty. We aim to promote informed discussion and debate on the
challenges of addressing poverty and inequality in the United
States. Poverty Facts is authored by faculty and graduate student
affiliates of the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis.
Our video series provide a basic understanding of poverty and
poverty policy in the U.S. with Faculty Affiliates who are
experts in their fields. Videos include short introductions to
poverty research in our Brief Guide to Poverty in the U.S. as
well as course lectures related to poverty.
Center podcasts are a great way to keep up with today’s poverty
research and public policy. We record most of our conference
presentations and talks by our seminar speakers. We also produce
exclusive content, such as our Poverty in Focus series, as well
as expert discussions on research.
This FAQ answers common questions about poverty in the U.S. These
include how many people live in poverty and who they are, as well
as dynamics that affect life in poverty, such as geography, age,
race and health.
Government agencies and others maintain a wealth of statistics
and data related to poverty. These links are a good place to
start for essential information on poverty measures at the
national, state, and local level, along with other fundamental
measures relating to poverty in the United States.
Many government agencies either administer programs that assist
low income families or maintain data relevant to poverty
researchers. These links provide access to relevant data,
program statistics and rules, and agency structure and contacts.
In addition to providing core funding for the UC Davis Center for
Poverty Research, the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services currently sponsors two additional poverty research
centers in the United States (at the University of Wisconsin and
Stanford University). Across the country, several other
centers are actively engaged in poverty-related research.