Useful Databases and Websites: Current Population Survey

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What is the Current Population Survey?

CPS Website:

The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years.

The CPS is the primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population. The sample is scientifically selected to represent the civilian noninstitutional population. Respondents are interviewed to obtain information about the employment status of each member of the household 15 years of age and older. However, published data focus on those ages 16 and over. The sample provides estimates for the nation as a whole and serves as part of model-based estimates for individual states and other geographic areas.


Useful Interactive Model-Based Estimated Data by County

Two interactive model-based estimates are available by county for every state and yield some estimated rural data that will be useful to SORHs and their constituents.

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

SAIPE website:

The SAIPE program provides more current estimates of selected income and poverty statistics than the most recent decennial census.

Estimates are produced annually for states, counties, and school districts. The main objective of this program is to provide updated estimates of income and poverty statistics to inform the administration of federal programs and the allocation of federal funds to local jurisdictions.

f you click on the link above, it will take you to the SAIPE main page.  There you will find interactive links that allow you to create tables for state and county data from a variety of years up to 2004. 

Once you have chosen the state and the year for which you want data, you will be able to choose selected counties for your state or if you do not select any areas to display, you will get data for your state and all counties. 

Finally you will be able to choose from the following list of variables:

  • All ages in poverty
  • Under age 18 in poverty
  • Ages 5-17 in families in poverty
  • Under age 5 in poverty (Only available for states)
  • Median household income

When you click on display data you will get tables according to the variable that you selected.  You can also get U.S. data to compare with your local data.

The site provides the following caveat about estimated data:

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE)

SAHIE website:

The second interactive database that will be useful to SORHs and their constituents is the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE), which provide model-based estimates of health insurance coverage for counties and states.

When you click on the link above you will get to the main page for this interactive data base. If you click on the “Data” link in the center of the page, you will get to a page where you can select “Health Insurance Coverage Status by Age for Counties and States: 2000.” From this page, you can create interactive tables for each state, right click on the table page and save it as a PDF. Below is a sample of these tables for Arizona.

SAHIEArizona example table. Open full-sized PDF file in a new window.

From this page, you can also create two maps for all states as follows. These allow you to compare health care insurance coverage status in your state, county by county, with all other states. You can also get data on the Health Insurance Coverage Status for Women by Age, Race, Hispanic Origin, and Income for States: 2001. However, this item does not provide rural information since it provides data only for each state as a whole.

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State Profiles of Medicaid and SCHIP in Urban and Rural Areas

In 2007 a study was published by the North Carolina Rural Health Research & Policy Analysis Center which used CPS and other data from a range of sources on Medicaid and SCHIP with an emphasis on program characteristics relevant to rural areas. The resulting “State Profiles of Medicaid and SCHIP in Urban and Rural Areas” provides useful data for SORHs that can be accessed at the following URL.

If you click on the above link, you will go to the following page. Before checking out your individual state profile, be sure to read the sections entitled:

Background Information and National Summary Tables
User’s Guide

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