Friday, September 17, 2010

Alabama's Poverty

The federal definition for poverty is a family of four making under 22-thousand dollars a year. Alabama's poverty rate is 16.6%. The national average is 14.3%.

According to Alabama Poverty Project, one third of Alabama families live at 150 percent of poverty level. That's about 33-thousand dollars for a family of four. Those families are also struggling to make ends meet and doing so by seeking emergency food assistance.

Considering the statistics, I think I should be lucky not to be one of those that living in poverty. Yes, life is hard but we managed to get by day by day without any fear that we won't be able to eat the following day. I think for that alone, we are blessed!


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