Poverty In the U.S.
- Between 2009 and 2011 31.6% lived in poverty for at least 2 months. The median length of time they lived below the poverty line was about 6 months. This is a considerable increase from the 27.1% that lived below poverty from 2005 and 2007. The median during that time was also only around 5 months.
- Continuing down the line we see that the annual poverty threshold was $11,720 for one person during 2012. For a family of four (including 2 children) it was $23,283.
- Looking now at 2014, the poverty threshold for one person is $11,670 and for a family of four (incuding 2 children) is $23,850.
What feeds Poverty?
Why is this happening?
Another reason is because it's difficult to make money when you have little to none to start with. For example a single adult who was working a part time job as a waiter/waitress and was making $5.00 an hour plus tip was trying to get into college, how would they? If they are unaware of how much they will work a week how are they suppose to be able to pay for college, or even rent for an apartment?
The reality is that people are asking themselves these questions everyday.