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Jun 13

Overcoming Generational Poverty Part 6 – Defining the Poor

When it comes to defining the poor, things have changed.  As you can imagine, the definition of poor varies across the board.

povertyToday I read an article of how  the poor defines themselves.  While the article is from 2011 I think you’ll be REALLY surprised at how poor is defined.

Here are some highlights:

The following are facts about persons defined as “poor” by the Census Bureau as taken from various government reports:

  • 80 percent of poor households have air conditioning. In 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
  • 92 percent of poor households have a microwave.
  • Nearly three-fourths have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks.
  • Nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite TV.
  • Two-thirds have at least one DVD player, and 70 percent have a VCR.
  • Half have a personal computer, and one in seven have two or more computers.
  • More than half of poor families with children have a video game system, such as an Xbox or PlayStation.
  • 43 percent have Internet access.
  • One-third have a wide-screen plasma or LCD TV.
  • One-fourth have a digital video recorder system, such as a TiVo.

There are even more startling facts here if interested.