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46.5 mln Americans lived in poverty in 2012: census

A homeless man sleeps under an American Flag blanket on a park bench on September 10, 2013 in Brooklyn
A homeless man sleeps under an American Flag blanket on a park bench on September 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

The number of people living on or below the poverty line in the United States remained unchanged in 2012 at 46.5 million, according to official figures released Tuesday.

That equals a poverty rate of 15 percent for the second consecutive year, the US Census Bureau said.

The official poverty line for a family of four is based on an annual household income of $23,492.

Meanwhile, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage dropped to 15.4 percent in 2012 from 15.8 percent a year earlier.

The number with health insurance rose to 263.2 million in 2012, compared to 260.2 million the previous year.

The average income for family households remained unchanged at $64,053. Incomes have dipped 8.3 percent since 2007, the year before the recession.

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