Poverty in America

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Poverty in America

2009 saw the largest single year increase in the U.S. poverty rate since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959.


One out of every five children in the United States is now living in poverty

A Duke University study released by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health used the federal poverty line -- $22,000 in earnings per year for a family of four -- to determine how many children will live in impoverished households. Officials have estimated that families in California must earn at least twice that amount to cover basic living expenses. While a quarter of the California's children may ''officially'' live in poverty, many more are suffering in reality.


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