Source: US News

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that at least one in every 8 Americans was living in poverty in 2017, with nearly 40 million Americans identified as poor. This data is derived by calculating salaries, food budget, family sizes and more.

Those who were identified as living in poverty were mostly women, who continue to be paid less than men and also minorities, who are paid less than their white counterparts.

Poverty among children was found to be unusually high in the U.S., at about 17.5 percent, while poverty for people over the age of 65 has remained steadily at about 10 percent.

“Being poor means having insufficient income during the year to purchase bare necessities,” reports US News.

Calculating poverty in America is difficult when considering taxes and differences in cost of essentials in different regions.

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Stats for Poverty In America Show Grim Reality for Children and Minorities