National Poverty Statistics

• According to the US Census, in 2007 5.8% of all people in married families lived in poverty, as did 26.6% of all persons in single parent households and 19.1% of all persons living alone. By 2010, the number of married families in poverty had grown to 6.2%. Meanwhile, 27% of single mothers and their children were living below the poverty line.

• Forty six million Americans were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or food stamps, by the fall of 2011.

• The US Census declared that in 2007 12.5% of the general population lived in poverty. By 2010, after three years of recession, that number had gone up to 15.1%, or 46.2 million people. At the same time, median income for the poorest tenth of the population continued to slide: from 1999 to 2010, that part of the population saw its average income decline by 12 percent.

• In December 2011, 8.6 percent of the workforce, or 13.3 million people, were unemployed. High unemployment rates have contributed to the ongoing housing foreclosure epidemic. Since 2006, more than three million homes have been foreclosed, with banks seizing approximately one million in 2010 alone, according to Realty Trac.

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