Michael D. King

Michael D. King



I am a sociologist and demographer at the US Census Bureau. My interests include social stratification, the social safety net, family demography, education, survey methodology, and data visualization. My research has examined how social mobility and educational attainment are related to marriage and assortative mating, student debt and its relationships with other household debt, and who participates in the various social safety net programs.

  • Social Stratification
  • Family Demography
  • Social Safety Net
  • Survey Methodology
  • Data Visualization
  • PhD in Sociology, 2020

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • MA in Sociology, 2013

    University of Montana

  • BA in Sociology, 2011

    University of Montana



How Marital Status and Children Affect Social Safety Net Participation

Updated Census Bureau Tool Provides More Details on Who Received Public Program Benefits in 2020

Impact of the End of Extra SNAP Benefits

Roughly 32 Million People Now Receiving Less Government Food Assistance

Income Sources of Older Households: 2017

This report examines older households’ sources of income, the amounts of this income, and how much each source of income contributes to total income.

More Than One in Seven Social Safety Net Recipients in 2017 Were College Graduates

Those With a High School Diploma or Less Make Up Majority of Government Assistance Recipients

Most Children Receiving SNAP Get at Least One Other Social Safety Net Benefit

Nearly a Third of Children Who Receive SNAP Participate in Two or More Additional Programs

SNAP Receipt in SIPP: Using Administrative Records to Evaluate Data Quality

We link administrative records from select states to the 2013-2019 SIPP surveys to evaluate annual and monthly SNAP receipt measurement by comparing administrative records to survey reports.

Student Debt and Its Co-Occurrence with Other Types of Debt

Using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation, we present a descriptive accounting of student loans and their connection to other types of debt.

Student Debt Weighed Heavily on Millions Even Before Pandemic

COVID-19 Adds to Economic Hardship of Those Most Likely to Have Student Loans

What Happens When Older Adults Struggle to Make Ends Meet?

One in Six Older Americans Received Needs-Based Assistance Even Before Pandemic

Who Is Impacted by Student Loan Forgiveness and How?

Proposed Debt Forgiveness Would Make Large Dent in Student Loan and Total Unsecured Debts

Who Is Receiving Social Safety Net Benefits?

New Interactive Data Tool Shows Characteristics of Those Who Receive Assistance From Government Programs