Poverty Is Defined As The State Or Condition Of Having Little Or No Money

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Poverty in Contemporary America Poverty has always been and remains to be a significant problem in Jackson County, in Missouri, and, more broadly, across America. Poverty is defined as the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support. It is also defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as follows: “If the total income for a family or unrelated individual falls below the relevant poverty threshold, then the family (and every individual in it) or unrelated individual is considered in poverty.” (1) Poverty has always been a very real issue that this country faces. There have been some shifts throughout the last fifty years; this is put well when John Iceland explains,
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was growing optimism that poverty was in headlong retreat. At that time, the economy was booming, poverty rates were plunging, and consumer confidence was high. About 30 years later-after nearly a decade of economic growth - just over 11 percent of the American population remained poor at the turn of the twenty-first century, including over a fifth of African Americans. (Iceland 499)
Since then, we have still been fighting the effects of poverty as well. As Alemayehu Bishaw puts it, “Between 1990 and 2000, the percentage of people living in poverty areas fell from 20.0 percent to 18.1 percent. This trend was reversed in the past decade. Between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of people living in poverty areas grew from 18.1 percent to 25.7…

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