America’s poorest poor are at record high — 1 in 15 people

WHAT: U.S. poor have increased by as much as one-third in the past decade. By the end of 2010, a record 15.3 percent of Americans qualified as the poorest poor — $5,570 or less for an individual and $11,157 for a family of four.

WHERE: Neighborhoods with poverty rates of at least 40 percent are spreading over wider areas, increasing in suburbs at twice the rate of cities, according to an analysis based on the most recent census data.

WHAT’S HAPPENING NEXT: The bad news will keep coming. Next week the government is releasing its first-ever economic data that will show more Hispanics, elderly and working-age poor have fallen into poverty.

 

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