The American Community Survey, a five year annual study from the U.S. Census, shows that 9.8 million or 22 percent of Latinos are living below the poverty level. The figures released yesterday still peg the Native Americans as the poorest minority group in the nation with 25.9 percent of them living in poverty followed by 25.1 percent for the Black population. Whites had the lowest percentage of their population living in poverty with 23.6 million people or 10.8 percent.
The report covers the period between 2005 and 2009 and provides interim statistical reports on the U.S. population, so no one has to wait for the official 10-year Census. The report also pegged the Hispanic population in the U.S. at 44.5 million through 2009.