While the real median household income in the United States rose
by 1.1 percent between 2004 and 2005, reaching $46,326, according
to a report released by the US Census Bureau, and the nation’s
official poverty rate remained statistically unchanged at 12.6
percent, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage
rose from 15.6 percent to 15.9 percent (46.6 million people).