Essay about Poverty Of The United States

1215 Words Dec 14th, 2015 null Page
Poverty is one of the biggest problems that America has ever faced. In the United States, 1 of 2 people are in poverty, estimated to be about 46.5 million people as of 2014. Fifteen and a half million of them being under the age of 18, approximately 21.1% and 4.6 million being over the age of 65. The United States has one of the highest poverty rates in the world due to high divorce rates, lack of education, and high population rate. As these factors take into play, it makes it harder for a family to live their lives on a daily basis. Poverty can be the result of standards of living, economic restrictions or downturn and also a high rate of inflation. It is everyone’s hope that this issue can be eradicated completely one day, but steps must be taken in order to achieve said goals. High divorce rates are one of the many major issues that have lead to poverty. With divorce rates and birth rates, doubling over the past decades, it has become harder for parents to produce income, especially ones who are single parents. By the age of six, 68 percent of children who live in a single-parent household experience, at least, one year of poverty, rather than the 16 percent of children in a married household. Studies have shown more than 50% of single mothers cannot make enough income to support their children being the main cause that leads to poverty. Another factor is it being difficult for the parents to work when their child is at home alone, being only one parent…

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