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Educate Yourself! - Poverty

Poverty is difficult to define in a simple phrase. There are several factors that affect the definition of poverty. Some of these issues are income, number of people in the household, and age of the people living in the household. The table below shows the Federal Government's limit on income per household based on the amount of people in the household in order to fit into the poverty definition.

 

2008 HHS Poverty Guidelines
Persons in family or household 48 Contiguous states Alaska Hawaii
1 $10,400 $13,000 $11,960
2 14,000 17,500 16,100
3 17,600 22,000 20,240
4 21,200 26,500 24,380
5 24,800 31,000 28,520
6 28,400 35,500 32,660
7 32,000 40,000 36,800
8 35,600 44,500 40,940
For each additional
person, add
3,600 4,500 4,140

SOURCE:  Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 15, January 23, 2008, pp. 3971–3972

 

Local

  • 9.3% of persons in Ventura County and 12.5 % in Santa Barbara County were below the poverty line in 2004.

Visit http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/06111.html for the 2004 poverty thresholds in Ventura County.

Domestic

  • According to United States Census Bureau, in 2011 the offical poverty rate was 15 percent. Around 46.2 million people live in poverty
  • The poverty rate in 2011 for children under age 18 was 21.9 per-cent. The poverty rate for people aged 18 to 64 was 13.7 percent, while the rate for people aged 65 and older was 8.7 percent. None of the rates for these age groups were statistically different from their 2010 estimates

Visit http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/incpovhlth/2011/highlights.html for more information on poverty within the United States.

International

  • According to The Global Poverty Project There are 1.4 billion people in the world living in extreme poverty. That's 1.4 billion people living on less than $1.25 a day.

  • According to The Global Issues: More than 80% of the humanity lives on less than $10 dollars a day.

Visit http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats#src1 for more information on international poverty and the effects of poverty (hunger, malnutrition, aids, etc.)

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