A large number (33 percent) of the poor live in inner cities, the suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. In 2008, one third of the nation's poor lived in suburbs. Myth #4: Most of the poor are single mothers. Of all families living in poverty,51 percent are single mothers and their children, but 40 percent of married-couple families and 9 percent of father-headed households are poor. Myth #5: Most of the poor are older Americans.
About 1.7 billion people live in absolute poverty. Relative poverty is the condition of having fewer resources or less income than others within a society or country, or compared to worldwide averages. Dictionary.com has described poverty as the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor; indigence. About 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes, according to the United Nations. As a group we have concluded that a person is consider in poverty when they cannot afford the basic necessities of life including: food, shelter, drinking water, and clothes.
The decline of workers contributing to Social Security means there will be less benefits that will be replaced. Currently the Baby boomers have the highest labor force participation of any generations in American history. (Crain, 2006) The generations following the Baby Boomer generation will not have the numbers to replace the Baby Boomers place in the workforce. According to Crain (2006) nearly 90% of the Baby Boomer generation works, which is over half of the entire workforce in the nation. About 80% of female Baby Boomers worked which was also a contribution to the two income family.
Lower-income children are not always given the same opportunity to receive a high quality education. When impoverished children are subjected to an education where there is a 35 to 1 student-teacher ratio and limited amount of class materials and resources such as books, they are sent a message that no one values them or their education, causing many students to lose their passion for education. The impoverished are also viewed as individuals who cannot handle their finances and save for a rainy day. Many like to believe that the impoverished do not know the value of a dollar, and only splurge on frivolous things. The reality is that lower-income families barley makes enough to cover their bills.
\The Rise of Hunger at the Los Angeles County Area Though it is a sad truth, U.S. citizens in the Los Angeles County are not being ale to eat, causing hunger. Author Alexandra Zavis's article from LA Times, “Hunger touches more than 1.7 million in Los Angeles.” Zavis had claimed that definite amount of people cannot afford to feed themselves or their kids. Study that found, most people are struggling and cannot offer plentiful food for a healthy lifestyle for all the household members because of the qualifications of getting federal nutrition welfares. Zavis says more than half of Californians do not qualify for food stamps by the low income families that argue to what they can make on the end of the days, one of the examples Zavis explains
Reducing Poverty In America Delmar A Bennett Buffalo State College Abstract In this essay I will briefly demonstrate how poverty impacts the United States. My main focus is to discuss the reasons behind poverty in the States. After gathering research I came to the conclusion that poverty arises due to the lack of education. The United States is in an era were poverty is becoming a big epic. We live in the richest nation yet nearly 49 million of Americans struggle to put food on their table.
Approximately 62 percent are still obtaining their education, and only 22 percent live below the national poverty line. Higher minimum wages does not address the primary reason that people live below the poverty line. Low wages are not the main problem; the problem is that most people living below the poverty line do not work at all. According to the United States Census Bureau. (n.d.), 67 percent of people are living below the poverty line did not work, and only 25 percent worked part time.
When thinking of minimum wage the first thing you think of are teenagers working for spending money. In reality it is people over the age of 25 and about two-thirds of these people working for minimum wage is women. About a third of these employees earning minimum wage are parents, single parents, and people just trying to survive, according to the government. So for a minimum wage job a person making $7.25 and works 40 hours a week their annual yearly income would come out to be $15,080.00. Most of these people do not get health insurance offered to them or they cannot afford to have the health insurance policy.
Poverty could be simply defined as being economically poor but many researchers like to refer to it as the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions. In 2004 the census reported that 24.7 percent of blacks are in poverty, and that 8.6 percent of whites are in poverty (http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/poverty04/pov04hi.html). The poverty of the black community has seemed to decrease. The white community increased in poverty rate. Although people
Mariana Alcaraz Mr. Farrely Sociology / Research Paper Poverty In America Poverty In America there are 46.2 million Americans are now leaving in poverty which that is a lot it grew by 2.6 million in just the last 12 months in 2011. The government census reported that is the most they have ever seen based in poverty in America. The U.S Census Breau have reported that the median household income has dropped 2.3 % in 2010 after accounting inflation. They have also determined that based on estimated crimes done in the United States where commited by low-income people. The poorer the people the more they are more likely to commite a crime or go to jail.