For the fourth consecutive year the poverty rate rose, from 12.5% in 2003 to 12.7% in 2004. The number of people in poverty increased also, by 1.1 million, to 37.0 million in 2004.
37 million people in poverty? In the US? Yep.
"How much can a person make and be "in poverty"?" you might ask.
According to the US Census Bureau, the 2005 Poverty Threshold, without going thru charts and tables, this is how it breaks down:
One Person - less than $10,000/yr; Two Persons - Less than $13K; Three People - Less than $16K; Four People - $20K; etc. etc.
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