Are There Really 40 Million ‘Poor’ Americans?


Tropical Breeze and Sunset Lakes -- two trailer parks on the corner of US-19N and Sunset Point are being sold to make way for townhomes and commercial buildings. Some residents, tired of poor living conditions at the park, believe it may be for the best. 9/14/2003-- Natasha Crawford, 18, greets princess, a local dog, in the streets of Tropical Breeze trailer park after picking up her mail. ''They don't take care of this place,'' she said of the management.(Credit Image: © St Petersburg Times/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Tropical Breeze and Sunset Lakes — two trailer parks on the corner of US-19N and Sunset Point are being sold to make way for townhomes and commercial buildings. Some residents, tired of poor living conditions at the park, believe it may be for the best. 9/14/2003– Natasha Crawford, 18, greets princess, a local dog, in the streets of Tropical Breeze trailer park after picking up her mail. ”They don’t take care of this place,” she said of the management.(Credit Image: © St Petersburg Times/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Today, the Census Bureau will release its annual poverty report. It will almost certainly report that over 40 million Americans “live in poverty.”

But what does it mean to be poor in America? To the average American, the word “poverty” suggests significant material deprivation. But the actual living conditions of those the government defines as poor differ greatly from this perception.

via Are There Really 40 Million ‘Poor’ Americans?.

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