It seems hardly a day goes by without another news story about the 1%, the healthcare crisis or picketing laborers. The truth is that a shocking number of Americans are living at or below the poverty line.By the Numbers
According to U.S. Census data from 2012
- Nearly 46.5 million people are living in poverty, up from 46.2 million in 2011;
- 18.9 million are white non-Hispanic, 13.6 million are Hispanic, 10.9 million are Black/African-American, and 1.9 million are Asian;
- More than 16 million children (under age 18) live in poverty.