How Does Poverty Exist In The United States

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Poverty can exist in rich and civilized countries to an extreme extend In many other countries, people believe that poverty doesn’t exist in the U.S. They believe that every individual has the resources to survive and provide for the families, but that is not true. It may not too very obvious for other people to see, but there are many people who face poverty and are looking for ways to get out of it in the U.S. Due to lack of resources, people struggle to break out of the cycle of poverty. According to Census Bureau Report (2001), "The official poverty rate in the U.S. increased for four consecutive years, from a 26-year low of 11.3% in 2000 to 12.7% in 2004, and then declined somewhat to 12.3% in 2006. This means that 36.5 million people (approx 1 in 8 Americans) were below the official poverty thresholds in 2006, compared to 31.1 million in 2000, and that there was an increase of 5.4 million poor from 2000 to 2006 while the total population grew by 17.5 million The poverty rate for children under 18 years old increased from 16.2% to 17.8% from 2000 to 2004 and had dropped to 17.4% in 2005 and 2006".…show more content…
There are different physiological and psychological effects of poverty that can harm individuals in several ways; When you are poor, you have don't have enough food to satisfy your hunger which can have an effect on your education. Due to the fact that you lack the ability to concentrate, it strongly affects the physical and intellectual growth of children and adults. When you don’t have proper education, you are not able to get a decent job. Even if you do get a job, it would be very long hours, hard work and less money. That can have an effect on your children, your, your partner or anyone that lives with you or depends on

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