The percentage of the total American population who live at or below the poverty level is known as the poverty rate. According to 2017 data, the current poverty rate in the United States is about 12.3 percent. 3 This means nearly 40 million Americans currently live in poverty. People from all walks of life experience poverty-like conditions at some point in their lives. For some, it might

Detroit is one of the nation’s poorest cities. It is a prime example of urban blight, with tens of thousands of abandoned homes and decaying buildings.


Contemporary Issues: Poverty and Welfare

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