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The following are 19 statistics about the poor that will absolutely astound you....
#1 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of "very poor" rose in 300 out of the 360 largest metropolitan areas during 2010.
#2 Last year, 2.6 million more Americans descended into poverty. That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.
#3 It isn't just the ranks of the "very poor" that are rising. The number of those just considered to be "poor" is rapidly increasing as well. Back in the year 2000, 11.3% of all Americans were living in poverty. Today, 15.1% of all Americans are living in poverty.
#4 The poverty rate for children living in the United States increased to 22% in 2010.
#5 There are 314 counties in the United States where at least 30% of the children are facing food insecurity.
#6 In Washington D.C., the "child food insecurity rate" is 32.3%.
#7 More than 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.
#8 One out of every six elderly Americans now lives below the federal poverty line.
#9 Today, there are over 45 million Americans on food stamps.
#10 According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly 15 percent of all Americans are now on food stamps.
#11 In 2010, 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States were on food stamps.
#12 The number of Americans on food stamps has increased 74% since 2007.
#13 We are told that the economy is recovering, but the number of Americans on food stamps has grown by another 8 percent over the past year.
#14 Right now, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.
#15 It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.
#16 More than 50 million Americans are now on Medicaid. Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, approximately one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.
#17 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one government anti-poverty program.
#18 The number of Americans that are going to food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46% since 2006.
#19 It is estimated that up to half a million children may currently be homeless in the United States.
Sadly, we don't hear much about this on the nightly news, do we?
In 2005, the typical household defined as poor by the government had a car and air conditioning. For entertainment, the household had two color televisions, cable or satellite TV, a DVD player, and a VCR. If there were children, especially boys, in the home, the family had a game system, such as an Xbox or a PlayStation.
In 2009, in the United States of America, the poverty threshold for a single person under 65 was US$11,161; the threshold for a family group of four, including two children, was US$21,756. According to the U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday September 13th, 2011, the nation's poverty rate rose to 15.1% in 2010.
Keep in mind those numbers are gross income, not net. Take out the taxes on them and it paints a far different picture than those numbers belie.
Originally posted by Aestheteka
This means that 15.1% of Americans earn less than 11,161 USD (for a single person) or less than 21,756 USD per family.
In daily terms that's 30.5 USD per single person and 59.60 USD per family per day.
Now compare with the international definition of Abject Poverty, which is set at earning less than 1.25 USD per day.
Originally posted by jlv70
reply to post by TupacShakur
Isn't it funny how now that the "job creators" have all the money, there aren't any jobs. The end result of 30 years of trickle down economics.
Originally posted by Aestheteka
reply to post by dethduck
Man, have you ever left the US of A?
Have you ever been to Africa, or even Mexico?
As for telling me how much it costs to live In downtown Mass and that you can't grow food there - then move.
Over here, if one cannot find work then one goes to where one can. I know many men with MAs and MScs go to England, Holland or Germany for a few months to do manual labour in order to provide for their families.
Do you think the Industrial revolution would have occured if everyone would have stayed in their villages?
It's not a high horse. I'm sick of watching OWS complaining and winging that they want this and they want that. How about moving to a place where they can start from scratch and work hard and put food on the table for their families instead of just expecting someone to do it for them?
Go to Alaska and work in a cannery or on a pipeline. You'll earn loads of money and then you can return home, set up a business and join the 1% (after a few decades of hard graft like Americans used to do - it was called the American Dream).
You have been raised in an extremely wasteful society which is reliant on mass-produced pre-packaged goods. Because you can't afford them now you look to others to blame.
As for not understanding financial comparisons, I've been to 50 countries and lived in 6 - from the world's no.1 to the mid-low 100s.
A man used to be respected because he was self-reliant and could provide for his family; now a man is respected because he has the latest iPhone and a shiny pair of Nike sneakers. Do you see what is wrong with that picture?