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What is the extent of poverty in the United States?  Who are the poor in terms of age, race, ethnicity and gender?

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According to the United States Census Bureau and their 2017 Official Poverty Report, 12.3% of Americans are living in poverty. A family is considered to be living in poverty if a family of two adults and two children make less than $24,858 per year. This threshold is known as the poverty line.

Of the approximately 40 million Americans living in poverty in 2017, about 13 million were children under the age of eighteen, 22 million were adults from 18 to 64 and 4.6 million were over sixty-five years of age.

Black Americans were most likely to live in poverty, with 21% of black Americans falling below the poverty line. Ten percent of Asian Americans live in poverty, while 10.7% of white Americans do. Only 8.7% of non-Hispanic white Americans live below the poverty line. More than 18% of Hispanic Americans, of any race, lived in poverty in 2017. While white Americans make up the largest number of people in any group, with 26 million white Americans living in poverty, they make up a smaller...

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