The New Face of Poverty

Fifty years after President Johnson enacted a set of social programs that came to be known as the "War on Poverty," the face of poverty has changed.  In a new report, "Who’s poor in America? 50 years into the ‘War on Poverty,’ a data portrait" the Pew Research Center describes these changes.




  • The majority of the poor are between the ages of 18 and 64
  • Poverty rates have fallen for the elderly, but not for children
  • More of today's poor families are female-headed, and fewer are headed by a married couple
  • Poverty rates have fallen among Blacks, and risen among Hispanics
  • Poverty is more evenly distributed around the country, but still heaviest in the South (for an interactive map of poverty, check out the New York Times "Mapping Poverty in America" feature)

Read more:
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/01/13/whos-poor-in-america-50-years-into-the-war-on-poverty-a-data-portrait/
http://www.pewresearch.org/
http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2014/01/05/poverty-map/

TeachingwithData.org resources:
Topic at a Glance: Poverty (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/2967)
Children in Poverty Course Module (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/2871)
Differences in Social Class Status and Poverty Levels Among Older Adults in the United States (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3164)
Race and Poverty in the US (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3169)
Poverty and Young Adults (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3170)
Poverty (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3103)
Frederique Laubepin

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