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A third of those who become poor remain poor for half or more of the next 10 years

About a third of people who become poor in a given year will remain poor for half or more of the next 10 years. Learn More »

Decades Decrease in Wages Has Led to the Reduction in the Annual Exit Rate from Poverty

Between the early 1970s and the mid-90s, individual real weekly wages declined by approximately $100, reducing the annual exit rate from poverty by 15%. Learn More »

Hourly Minimum Wage, 2013

In today's dollars, the 1968 hourly minimum wage adds up to $22,235 a year working full time. The new federal minimum wage of $7.25 comes to just $15,080. That's $7,155 in lost wages. Learn More »

Significant Extreme Poverty

Among those who live in poverty, fully 44.3 percent live in deep or extreme poverty; that is, they live on income that is less than half of the official poverty level. Learn More »

A Record High

Extreme poverty has reached a recorded high; in 2010, one out of every 15 Americans -- 6.7 percent -- was living on cash income less than half the official poverty threshold ($22,190 for a family of four). Learn More »

Disability and Poverty

Disability doubles chance of poverty. Among those who are disabled and over the age of 16, fully 21 percent live below the poverty level; in contrast 11 percent of those without disabilities in the same age cohort live in poverty. Learn More »

Bipartisan Support for Equality

Americans' estimation of wealth distribution is far off from the actual distribution, but Republicans and Democrats alike ideally want a more equal distribution than what they believe currently exists. Learn More »

Poverty “Stickier” for Elders

Older adults (65 and older) who experience poverty, stay beneath the federal poverty threshold longer than any other age group in poverty. The "stickiness" of poverty lasts a median period of 6.7 months, compared to the overall median rate of 4.5 months. Learn More »

Getting Out of Poverty

Of the 33 million people in the United States in poverty at the start of 2004, 42 percent were no longer poor 34 months later. Learn More »

The Great Recession's Far Reach

3.9 million workers lost unemployment insurance benefits in 2010, showing that the Great Recession has not only caused high levels of unemployment but also created significant and historical amounts of long-term unemployment. Learn More »

Only 23 out of 100 poor children received TANF cash assistance in 2009

For every 100 children who were poor in 2009, only 22.5 received TANF cash assistance during the average month, the lowest ratio ever. Learn More »

Who Said That?

Who said, "Addressing poverty and inequality\xe2\x80\xa6is at the heart of our agenda for government. It is unacceptable that, in one of the wealthiest nations in the world, millions of adults and children are living in poverty." Learn More »
NCCP Children Living in Poverty

NCCP Children Living in Poverty

About a third of children experience poverty at some point during childhood. Learn More »
NCCP Child Poverty and Mobility

NCCP Child Poverty and Mobility

18 percent of children in the United States live in poverty (13 million children) Learn More »

Hourly Minimum Wage, 2009

In today's dollars, the 1968 hourly minimum wage adds up to $20, 634 a year working full time. The new federal minimum wage of $7.25 comes to just $15,080. That's $5,554 in lost wages. Learn More »

Low-Wage Work

In 2007, one in four workers in the United States earned less than $10 per hour, a wage rate that leaves many of these workers and their families poor or near poor Learn More »
Poverty in 2008

Poverty in 2008

The percent of people living in extreme poverty (below 50 percent of the poverty line) in 2008 was 5.6 percent. Learn More »
Extreme Poverty in 2008

Extreme Poverty in 2008

The percentage of people in extreme poverty (below 50 percent of the poverty line) is 5.6 percent. Learn More »

Outdated poverty measure

The official poverty measure is outdated and based on a formula created in the 1960s. Advocates are pushing for a federal change (either through legislation or Administration action) to redefine who is poor in America. Learn More »

Obama favors modernized poverty measure

President Barack Obama is on record in favor of a modernized poverty measure. Learn More »
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