The facts about poverty in the United States.

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 »

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