Economic Challenges Chapter 13 Section 3 Poverty Economic Challenges Objectives: Define who is poor, according to government standards. Describe the causes of poverty. Analyze the distribution of income in the United States. Summarize government policies intended to combat poverty.
Chapter 13 Section 3
Poverty rate is greater among Hispanics & African Americans.
Families with a single mother have a poverty rate almost six times greater than that of a two-parent family.
The percentage of children living in poverty is significantly larger than that for any other age group.
People who live in the inner city have double the poverty rate of those who live outside the inner city. People who live in rural areas also have a higher poverty rate.
1. Lack of Education
3. Racial and Gender Discrimination
4. Economic Shifts
5. Shifts in Family Structure
Bottom 1/5 = 3.6% Second Fifth = 8.9%
Third Fifth = 14.8% Fourth Fifth = 23.0
Highest Fifth = 49.6%