The Cost of Being Poor

As if the current job market and economy didn’t make it hard enough for low income households in America to make ends meet, it turns out that living below the poverty line is actually more costly in many respects as well. It not only takes money to make money, it also takes quite a bit of money to live in poverty. Our friends at Online Sociology Degree put together this graphic to illustrate how expensive it is to be a poor American.


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  1. urbanworkbench's Gravatar Comment by urbanworkbench on April 28th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks for compiling this information in such web friendly info-graphics! Poverty is clearly an issue that is not being addressed at any meaningful level when you see how pervasive the problem is.



  2. Loodum's Gravatar Comment by Loodum on April 28th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Well.. duh.

  3. bill's Gravatar Comment by bill on April 29th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    The population in 1969 was 179,323,175. 11% of that is 21,648,000, not 40 million. The actual percentage of people living below the poverty rate at that time was above 20%. The percentage as of 2005 was 12.5%. You are correct that 44 million people are living at that level now, but that is a recent phenomenon caused by the current recession exacerbated by bad fiscal and monetary policies.
    The number of poor increases along with everyone else. In addition, you are strictly looking at income, as the Census Bureau does, the poverty measure doesn’t capture the changes in consumption patterns. That is remarkably different from 1960.

  4. WTF's Gravatar Comment by WTF on April 29th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Just so you know in 1960 the population was 180 million according to the US CENSUS. If 40 million were below the poverty line the percentage would be 22.2%. So we are still doing better then in 1960 if that 40 million number is even correct. Please check data before making these stupid infographs.

  5. valeron's Gravatar Comment by valeron on April 29th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Many intresting things.

  6. Whitney Spears's Gravatar Comment by Whitney Spears on April 29th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Very well put article. People are not aware that those in lower social statuses suffer in the long run financially. This insightful article is an eye opener to those who are shielded by blindness. I have bookmarked this!

  7. Blackout's Gravatar Comment by Blackout on April 29th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    God bless America!

  8. sibin's Gravatar Comment by sibin on April 30th, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Yeah, I definitely agree with the article

  9. willie's Gravatar Comment by willie on April 30th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    You know, it’s really not important whether these numbers are right or not. The fact that these numbers exist is real problem. The God gave all nations ways to prevent poverty. Looking at todays world economic’s system, we turned our back on God. Here are a questions to ponder on: how can God Bless America if we don’t acknowledge Him? What can each and every individual do to eliminate poverty? Is our way of helping the poor really helping the poor? The answer to these questions are very easy to those who have suffered. It’s funny how people rather serve money, than serve God and make money serve you. God have Mercy on Us All!

  10. capcaysoft's Gravatar Comment by capcaysoft on April 30th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Very well put article. People are not aware that those in lower social statuses suffer in the long run financially.

  11. Steve Hilliar's Gravatar Comment by Steve Hilliar on February 18th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I would like to see some really strong advice about setting up business with a partner. Most partnerships do not work, mainly due to power and greed. How can a pair get it right?

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