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Who are the Poor? 1) Age – The age category at the greatest risk of poverty today is children, who make up 37.5% of the U.S. poor. In 1999, 12.1 million young people (16.9% of people under the age of eighteen) were living in poor households. 2) Race – Despite popular culture in the U.S., the poor is comprised of more white people than black people as well as more non-Hispanic people than Hispanic people. However, in terms of specific populations, African Americans and Hispanics are overrepresented among the poor (at 24% and 23% of the population, respectively, compared to 8% of non-Hispanic whites). 3) Sex – Women are at the greatest risk of poverty; sixty-two percent of poor U.S. adults are women. The feminization of poverty refers to the trend by which women
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Unformatted text preview: represent an increasing share of the poor. 4) Family Patterns – Single mothers are at higher risk of poverty than single fathers (36% and 16%, respectively). Divorce raises the risk of poverty for all families—and especially the children. Within a year, one in eight children of divorcing parents slips below the poverty line. 5) Region – The official poverty rate varies from state to state (the highest rate of poverty is New Mexico at 20.5% and the lowest is 7.2% in Maryland). By region, the South (13.1%) and the West (12.5%) have the highest rates of poverty, followed by the Northeast (10.9%) and the Midwest (9.8%). Also, urban areas have higher average household incomes and lower poverty rates than rural areas (11.2% and 14.3%, respectively)....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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