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Poverty On The Rise?

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Poverty on the Rise?

     There is a very wide range of income for individuals and families.  This is why we
have people that are very wealthy which are referred to as the upper class and there is the
middle class that makes an average income, and the bottom of the income bracket lies the
people in poverty.  Poverty is a condition in which a person or family does not have the
means to satisfy basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, and transportation.  Your race
does not matter, every race has people that are in poverty.  But as it is statistically shown,
different races have a different number of people in poverty.  In 1996, the federal
government established a minimum income level below which a person or family is
declared in “poverty.”  If a single person makes less than $7,995 then they are living in
poverty, and a family has to exceed $16,036 or are also in poverty.
     From 1996 to 1997 the poverty rate has decreased by .4%  In 1996, there was
36.5 million people at the p...

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