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Women, Southerners hit hardest by poverty

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch)—Among the U.S. poor, women and Southerners are likely to endure some of the longest spells of poverty, according to …

Income Inequality

Mississippi, the Affordable Care Act, and racism: The state’s failures are rooted in its violent and racist history.

Driven by its high poverty rate, Mississippi ranks low on health and wellness. It has one the highest rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes …

Low Poverty Rates Mask Deeper Despair In Many States

<i>This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.</i><p>The overall picture of poverty among states is a familiar one: Some states, such as Mississippi, have …

Tropical Diseases Are Keeping Americans in Poverty

I spoke to the doctor who's trying to do something about it.<p><i>A homeless man in San Francisco (Photo via)</i><p>Poverty in the United States was one of many issues raised by recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. However, there are plenty who’d still rather see their country as Ronald Reagan imagined it: a …

Public Health

Increased Child Poverty Rate Disproportionately Impacts The Nation's Youngest Learners

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its 25th KIDS COUNT Data Book, which has been providing the public with an annual glimpse into the well being of American children for the past quarter-century.<p>As big anniversaries do, this one provides a natural opening to look at how we have fared. Trends …

Helping Children in Hidden Rural Poverty

When many people hear <i>child poverty in America</i>, the first stereotype is an inner-city child and discussions about solutions to poverty often focus on concentrated poverty in urban areas. But in a nation where over 16 million children, more than one in five, are poor, the plain truth is that child …

American paychecks fall to 1995 levels as poverty continues to sweep US, new census report shows

One in five US children live in poverty, figures reveal Women earn $10,800 less than men annually<p>Ask American women and children: poverty rates in the US have shown little improvement since the financial crisis in 2008.<p>That’s the message from the US Census Bureau, which released its annual report …

Poverty Is Literally Making People Sick Because They Can't Afford Food

Low-income people are 27 percent more likely to be hospitalized for hypoglycemia at the end of the month—right before paychecks and benefits come out.<p>Reuters<p>Income inequality is making us sick.<p>Well, it's not making all of us sick. Only the poorest of us. That's what a new paper in <i>Health Affairs</i> by …

A Shockingly High Number of Americans Experience Poverty

According to new research, almost 40 percent of adults experience impoverishment by age 60. But while poverty's reach is wide, it isn't necessarily deep.<p>Americans have a habit of talking about poverty as if it were a deep gulch somewhere at the fringe of the U.S. economy. We imagine a few …

More Jobs That Pay Decent Wages: How to Fight Poverty in the United States

Something unusual happened this year. For the first time in almost 10 years, a book by an economist made it to Amazon's Top 10 list. Thomas Piketty's <i>Capital in the Twenty-First Century</i> captured the attention of people from all walks of life because it echoed what an increasing number of Americans …

Income Inequality