# Is there a statistician in the house?

Apparently this PDF File contains all the information necessary to answer my question, but I’m too dumb to figure it out. I want to know (1) what percentage of Americans are both uninsured and below the poverty level, (2) what percentage are both uninsured and above the poverty level, (3) what percentage are both insured and below the poverty level, and (4) what percentage of each is Hispanic. So, that’s six discrete pieces of information. Are they to be found in that document?

I don’t see any raw data, just a discussion of the methods by which they gathered the data and how those methods effect the accuracy of their estimates. This is an appendix to a larger report (as referenced in the first sentence) and presumably that’s the report you want to be looking at.

I was digging around for that original report, and I see that the Census Bureau has an interactive website where you can design your own queries. against their data. This makes it a pretty simple task.

I came up with (totals in thousands)
All
total: 293,135
uninsured/below poverty: 11,465 (3.9%)
uninsured/above poverty: 34,931 (11.9%)
insured/below poverty: 25,485 (8.7%)

Hispanics
total: 43,020
uninsured/below poverty: 3,978 (9.2%)
uninsured/above poverty: 10,093 (23.5%)
insured/below poverty: 5,390 (12.5%)

Thank you, Anson2995. Great link, too!

Another way to look at the data (using Anson’s numbers):

…ALL…HISPANICS
…293,135…43,020…14.7%

Below poverty line…36,950…9,368
Insured…25,485…69.0%…5,390…57.5%
Uninsured…11,465…31.0%…3,978…42.5%

Above poverty line…256,185…33,652
Insured…221,254…86.4%…23,559…70.0%
Uninsured…34,931…13.6%…10,093…30.0%

The above shows more clearly (I think) both the relative impact of poverty on hispanics and health insurance and the relative likelihood that a hispanic is insured, regardless of “poverty”, vs. the population norm. Alternatively, we could present it in a manner that shows what percentage of the un-insured are hispanic, compared to the overall population.

…ALL…% of HISPANICS in TOTAL
…293,135…43,020…14.7%

Below poverty line…36,950…9,368…25.4%
Insured…25,485…69.0%…5,390…21.1%
Uninsured…11,465…31.0%…3,978…34.7%

Above poverty line…256,185…33,652…13.1%
Insured…221,254…86.4%…23,559…10.6%
Uninsured…34,931…13.6%…10,093…28.9%

Of course, one weakness of any of these presentations is that the poverty line is essentially an arbitraily chosen mark agaisnt which to “analyze” the distribution of insurance as a binomial. A more compelling treatment, I think, would recognize more “striations” both in insurance “value” and in income levels.