Poverty: The Real Story

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February 14, 2018


February 14, 2018 — ¬†2017 Federal Poverty Numbers, National Average – 14.3% (poverty rate)

SNAP Data:

Nationally, most of the people who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are White. According to 2013 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the program.

  • 40.2 percent of SNAP recipients¬†(households) are White
  • 25.7 percent are Black
  • 10.3 percent are Hispanic
  • 2.1 percent are Asian
  • 1.2 percent are Native American

Twenty-three million households and 47 million Americans received benefits on an average month in 2013; enrollment declined slightly to 22 million households and 46 million individuals in 2014. Three-quarters of those households included a child, an elderly person or someone with a disability. The average monthly benefit per household was $274 in 2013 and $256 last year.

Poverty Data:

  • There are roughly 37,685,848 million Blacks in the US and 22% (7,537,170) of them live below the Federal Poverty Guideline listed below.
  • There are roughly 196,817,552 million Whites in the US and 9% (17,713,580) of them live below the Federal Poverty Guideline listed below.
  • There are roughly 50,477,594 million Hispanics in the US and 20% (10,095,519) of them live below the Federal Poverty Guideline listed below.

Federal Poverty Guideline
Family Size, – Income Amount
1 – $12,060
2 – $16,240
3 – $20,420
4 – $24,600

source: U.S. Census Bureau, Kaiser Family Foundation, University of California



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