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About American poverty

发表于2004/10/17 15:05:00  836人阅读

网上闲逛,看到一段关于美国贫穷的文章,摘下来翻一遍。没想过最富有的国度里面也有这样的情况。

在美国,贫穷的概念是“没有满足基本生活所需的最起码的收入”。美国各州都有自己的具体贫困规定。如在波士顿,单亲家庭年收入不足1.8万美元,双亲家庭年收入不足2.2万美元,就有资格申请住房补贴。在20世纪50年代末,美国有3950万穷人,占总人口的22.4%。1969年,穷人比例下降到12.1%,约有2410万人。1983年,穷人比例回升到15.2%,约为3530万人。2001年,穷人比例仍高达11.7%,共有3400万人。

In America, definition for poverty is “unable to obtain a minimum income to satisfy basic life needs”. Every state in America has its detail on defining poverty. For example in Boston, single parent family with less than 18 thousands dollars of income, double parent family with less than 22 thousands dollars of income, have the ability to apply for house refund. In the 50s of the 20th century, America has 39,500,000 people living in poverty, accounting for 22.4 percent of the total population. In 1969, the ratio decreased to 12.1 percentage, at around 24,100,000 people. In 1983, this ratio increased to 15.2 percent of total population, at around 35,300,000 people. In 2001, poverty ration was still at the height of 11.7 percent of total population, about 34,000,000 people.

后记:
I dont think the data collected by this post is accurate.  Absoulutely, the author didnt give us the exact economic environment of those time when American probably was experiencing economic problems. However, i think the post reminds us of a problem, that is poverty exists everywhere.
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