Breakdown of poverty in America

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016-2017 Current Population Survey determined that 12.7 percent of Americans live in poverty. This amounts to 40.6 million people or 8.1 million families.

The weighted average poverty threshold for a family of four in 2016 was $24,563, but many people live on less than that amount. 8.9 percent of Americans live below 75% of the poverty level, and 5.8 percent of people live below 50% of the poverty level.


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Time spent in government programs

The latest survey from the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that the majority of people receiving one or more type of government assistance participate in the program(s) for between 37 to 48 months. 


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The Work First Foundation helps those living in poverty achieve self-reliance through work.

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