Nearly one-in-six Americans remain below the poverty line as the country grapples with low growth and moderate jobs growth. To qualify for poverty a family of four must earn less than $22,811. Census Bureau painted a detailed picture of the difficulty many Americans are facing, including declining household earnings. Below, 11 sad statistics from the report.
- 46.2 million Americans are under the poverty line — that’s 15.7 percent of the country
- 1-in-15 American households earned less than $11,406, the second highest percentage since 1967
- Median household incomes fell 1.5 percent to $50,100
- 48.6 million Americans did not have health insurance in 2011 (down from 2010) Read more »