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Facts about Poverty

Myth: The poor do not work.

Reality: 60% of poor families have at least one worker.


Myth: Poor people are trapped in a cycle of poverty that few escape.

Reality: A significant proportion of Americans are poor at some point in their adult life.

Myth: The marjority of the poor are African American often living in inner cities.

Reality: Even though African Americans are overrepresented among the poor, they make up less than 25% of the population living in poverty.


Fact: The average poverty line for a family of four in 2015 is $24,250.


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Source: 2015 Poverty Guidelines

Source: Poverty in America: A Handbook, 3rd edition

Source: The Center for Community Solutions