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)
  • 9.4 percent of children did not have health insurance
  • The bottom 10 percent of earners made the same amount of money in 2011 as they did in 1994
  • Women continued to earn 77 percent of what men earned
  • 27.6 percent of Black Americans were in poverty
  • 25.3 percent of Hispanic Americans were in poverty
  • 9.8 percent of White Americans were in poverty
  • More than one-fifth of those under 18 were in poverty

 

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/poverty-in-america-2012-9?op=1#ixzz26IWJ6ZyW

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