Social Class and Poverty

Poverty in the Heartland

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Poverty is the state of deprivation or lack of the usual amount of acceptable money or other possessions. 702.1 million people are in extreme poverty around the world. About 14.5% of people in the US are in poverty. 80% of the world lives on $10 or less per day. Poverty can include social, economic, and political elements.


  • Income
  • Job Loss
  • Income levels that vary with age
  • Education

Social Class

The definition of a social class is a divisions of a society based on social and economic status. The most common classes includes upper, middle, and lower. There are usually four social classes that are described in America: the upper class, the middle class, the working class, and the lower class. The upper class usually earns above $250,000 a year, the middle class earns between $48,000 and $249,000 a year, the working class up to $48,000 a year, and the lower class receives minimal income that is not able to sustain themselves.
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Things currently under discussion

  • Who is more to blame for social inequality; the majority of the poor not trying or society for the lack of jobs?
  • Is there a bias against the poor and for the rich?