1 in 15 Americans Live in Extreme Poverty

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Extreme poverty means personal income of $5,500, or $11,000 for a family of four. This is unacceptable in a country that generates such great wealth.

Watch Census: 1 in 15 Americans Among the Poorest of the Poor on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

Thanks to the Brookings Institution and PBS Newshour.

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  1. The poor have always been with us and always will. The question is, are the people who are poor now, with or without even the most basic necessities? Food, water, shelter. And secondly… what is the mobility of this level of poverty? In other words, how long do the people called poor NOW, stay poor? Do they eventually find employment or some way out of this poverty? The number of people who are poor NOW is and always has been a moving target.

    Many of the people considered “in poverty” or “poor” also own modern conveniences like a car, televisions, cell phones, computers and video game consoles.

    I’m assuming that by “extreme” poverty, we are taking out those that we can call in a state of “relative poverty?”

    Now…. how many NEW welfare and food stamps recipients are there in the past five years? Has that number gone up? Why?