Political Soc 11 - Poverty and Powerlessness

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

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Unformatted text preview: What is poverty? Poverty can be defined as the minimum level of income needed for an adequate standard of living in a given country. Poverty Thresholds in the United States, 2009 1 person under 65 $10,956 1 person 65 and older $11,161 2 people $13,991 3 people $17,098 4 people $21,954 Source: Bureau of the Census, Dept. of Commerce . Who are the poor in America? Percentage of Persons Below Poverty 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 Hispanics 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 Percentage of Persons Below Poverty Level, by Family and Sex, 2009 Total Poor 43,569,000...
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