Poverty in America

840 Words Jun 18th, 2018 4 Pages
Have you ever lived without enough money to support yourself? Last year, 13.2 percent of people in the United States did not have enough money to support themselves or their families. 1 in 7 people were at risk of suffering from hunger in the United States, as well as 3.5 million people that were forced to sleep in parks, under bridges, in shelters or cars. In this paper, you will learn about poverty’s history in America and its definition, the causes/reasons of poverty, the effects of poverty on America, and the salaries of people in poverty.
Poverty is the state or condition of having little to no money or goods. In America, poverty started being a major issue in the late 1950s when it reached 22.4 percent of the American population.
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The cost of healthcare and insurance has risen drastically over the past and can now cost a family up to $8000 per year. For families living in poverty, this cost can be difficult for them to pay. For families or individuals in poverty that lack health insurance, a sudden illness, chronic disease, or accident will be devastating. If something were to happen to someone in poverty, it would be very difficult to pay the expenses of the healthcare they went through, which could, in turn, make them poorer than they already were. All of these causes must have an effect on the American society somehow.
The effects of poverty in America are very serious as well as creating a great impact on American society. Children who grow up in poverty suffer more persistent, frequent, and severe health problems than children who grow up with a better financial circumstance. Many infants that have been born into a poor family have low birth weights, which are associated with many preventable mental and physical disabilities. Also, Children raised in poverty tend to miss school more often because of illness since they are not living in very suitable environments. Child abuse as well as elder abuse have been linked to people who have recently lost jobs or are in poverty. This is all caused by stress, which has been proven to be more frequent in poorer

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