Poverty in the United States by the Numbers

I just read an article and watched a video that shares statistics about “poverty” in the United States, based on information from the 2010 census. Definitely comment and let me know if these stats are true and if you’ve heard other stats.

Here is a quote and I include the video below –

  • 80 percent of the poor in American households have air conditioning. In 1970, only 36 percent of all Americans had it.
  • 92 percent of poor households have a microwave; two-thirds have at least one DVD player and 70 percent of the poor have a VCR.
  • 75 percent of the poor in America have a car or truck; 31 percent of the poor have two to three cars.
  • 80 percent of poor adults and 96 percent of poor children in America were never hungry at any time during the year because they could not afford food.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the poor in America (63.7 percent) have cable or satellite television.
  • Half of the poor in America have a personal computer.
  • More than half of the poor families in America with children have a video game systemsuch as Xbox or PlayStation.
  • Just under half of all of the poor in America have Internet access.
  • One third of the poor in America have a widescreen plasma or LCD TV.
  • One in every four poor people have a digital video recorder such as TiVo.
  • And finally, the average poor person in America has more living space than the average non-poor person in Europe.



2 thoughts on “Poverty in the United States by the Numbers

  1. usawoman says:

    When we think of what “poor” means in some countries, it’s hard to equate that with the “poor” here in the US. I haven’t checked the info in the video, but it does not surprise me. We have become a nation of such entitlement that everyone thinks they should have whatever others have whether they can afford it or not.

    On the other hand, being raised “poor” after my dad died leaving my mom with three daughters, aged 5, 8 & 11, it’s was very hard to be the three kids, who didn’t have what others had. However, we were taught from an early age to get good grades in school, graduate, and get a job.

    I think what really bothers me is the generations of people who have been taught that you don’t have to work in order to have possessions.

    • I remember mom clipping coupons and running to each grocery store to get all the best deals. And all my clothes were either made at home when I was younger or they came from the local hospital thrift shop and many years of being made fun of for having the same clothes I wore to school the previous years. When I got “new” clothes, it was a major event. But I can tell you that it taught me to be happy and to appreciate the things I can afford even now.

      You want to really see how completely out of sync the politicians are about struggling to make ends meet – check out this article http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/06/03/first-time-ever-half-members-congress-millionaires/

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