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Unformatted text preview: counting the poor. The poverty line is a level of annual income below which a person or family is defined as poor and thus entitled to government assistance. There are millions of people in the U.S. who work full-time but are still below the poverty line. - In 1999, 12% of the population (about 32 million people) lived in a household with income below the poverty line. The poorest half of families make only half of the poverty line standard (the poverty gap refers to the difference between the official poverty line and the actual income of the typical poor household). - Critics claim that the poverty line actually underestimates the amount of income necessary to live. Realistically, it would take an income that is 25% higher than this standard to provide a family with basic economic security....
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