Understanding Poverty In The United States Surprising

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- But the actual living conditions of most of America 's poorthat is, the poor as defined by the Census Bureaudiffer greatly from these images, as we do.ent in a new research paper from The Heritage Foundationed "Understanding Poverty in the United States: Surprising Facts about America 's Poor.. - The Census Bureau 's annual poverty report presents a misleading picture of poverty in the United States. Few of the 46.2 million people identified by the Census Bureau as being "in poverty" are what most Americans would consider poorlacking nutritious food, adequate warm housing, or clothing.. - In most years for the past two decades, the Census Bureau has declared that at least 35 million Americans lived in poverty. In 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning. 92 percent of poor households have a microwave.. - It is no surprise that poverty goes up in a recession. What is surprising is that every year for nearly three decades, in good economic times and bad, Census has reported more than 30 million Americans living in poverty. What does it mean to be "poor" in America? For the average reader, the word poverty .

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