Poverty Of The United States

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Poverty in America Poverty has become a major problem in the United States of America, affecting up to millions of Americans. Today the poverty level in the U.S is at a whopping sixteen percent. While sixteen percent doesn’t seem like a large number; it represents up to 40 million citizens in the United States. Statistics show that the poverty universe consumes up to 308,196,783 citizens that can be affected by poverty. According to the census Bureau, The poverty universe refers to the people who the Bureau can determine poverty status. However, the United States census Bureau has come up with a ninety percent confidence interval that shows that 48,810,868 to 49,067,044 citizens are affected by poverty. Coincidentally that interval shows that sixteen percent of the United States on the poverty line. On the chart below notice that poverty often times affect certain races and genders more than others. Table 1 Source: U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts. Data derived from Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits As you can conclude from the graph, African Americans and Hispanic or Latino citizens have the highest percentages of poverty in America; while females are more likely to live below the poverty level than males. Poverty also plays a big role in the type of

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