Nearly 1 in 6 in US Lives in Poverty
In 2010, 15.1% lived below poverty line: US census data
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2011 11:41 AM CDT
Nearly 1 in 6 people in the US lives below the poverty line.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Unsettling news from the US Census Bureau: Nearly one in six people lived in poverty last year. About 46.2 million people, or 15.1%, were below the poverty line, compared to 43.6 million, or 14.3%, in 2009, the AP reports. CNN adds that the poverty rate was last exactly that high in 1993, and hit 15.2% in 1983. The poverty line is currently defined as a yearly income of $22,314 for a family of four or $11,139 for one person.

Income for middle-class families also fell slightly last year, to a median of $49,445. Mississippi had the lowest median income, $37,985, while New Hampshire had the highest, $66,707. The South also had the highest poverty rate and the Northeast the lowest. Meanwhile, the number of people without health insurance also increased to 49.9 million, a new high.

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Sep 15, 2011 2:05 AM CDT
Two, two posts for the price of one.
Sep 14, 2011 12:44 PM CDT
If you are going to be poor somewhere, America is the place to be. Also from the census Here is a sampling: 96 percent of poor parents stated that their children were never hungry at any time during the year because they could not afford food. 42 percent of poor households actually own their own homes. Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person. The average poor American has more living space than the typical non-poor person in Sweden, France, or the United Kingdom. The vast majority of the homes or apartments of the poor are in good repair.
Sep 14, 2011 11:05 AM CDT
That's sad. But tell me, why do people who have little to start with have 5 children? Or even one child?