Political Soc 11 - Poverty and Powerlessness

Political Soc 11 - Poverty and Powerlessness - What is...

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Unformatted text preview: What is pover ty? Pover ty can be defined as the minimum level of income needed for an adequate standar d of living in a given countr y. Pover ty Thr esholds in the United States, 2009 1 per son under 65 $10,956 1 per son 65 and older $11,161 2 people $13,991 3 people $17,098 4 people $21,954 Sour ce: Bur eau of the Census, Dept. of Commer ce . Who ar e the poor in Amer ica? Per centage of Per sons Below Pover ty Level, by Race and Ethnicity 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 All Races 12.1 12.5 12.7 12.6 12.3 12.5 13.2 14.3 Whites 10.2 10.5 10.8 10.6 10.3 10.5 11.2 12.3 Asians 10.1 11.8 9.8 11.1 10.3 10.2 11.8 12.5 H ispanics 21.8 22.5 21.9 21.8 21.5 23.2 25.3 Blacks 24.1 24.4 24.7 24.9 24.3 24.5 24.7 25.8 Per centage of Per sons Below Pover ty Level, by Family and Sex, 2009 Total Poor 43,569,000 % I n families 31,197,000 71.6 Related childr en 14,774,000 33.9 Families, female householder , no husband 14,746,000 33.8 Related childr en 7,942,000 18.2 No H ealth I nsur ance, 2009 All Races 16.7% H ispanics 32.4 Blacks 21.0 Asian 17.2 Whites 12.0 Sour ce: U.S. Census Bur eau. I nfant M or tality Rates, 2008...
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 290 taught by Professor Jeffwilhelms during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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