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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the world's biggest economy, one in eight
Americans and almost one in four blacks lived in poverty last year,
the U.S. Census Bureau said on Tuesday, both ratios virtually unchanged
The survey also showed 15.9 percent of the population, or 46.6 million,
had no health insurance, up from 15.6 percent in 2004 and an increase
for a fifth consecutive year, even as the economy grew at a 3.2 percent
In all, some 37 million Americans, or 12.6 percent, lived below the
poverty line, defined as having an annual income around $10,000 for
an individual or $20,000 for a family of four.
The total showed a decrease of 90,000 from the 2004 figure,
which Census Bureau officials said was "statistically insignificant."
Some 17.6 percent of children under 18 and one in five of those under
6 were in poverty, higher than for any other age group.