Social Class and Poverty

Poverty in the Heartland

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Poverty

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.


Factors:

  • 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?