Poverty Rate Hits 17-Year High

American VoicesEconomy ISSUE 47•37 Sep 15, 2011

In 2010, the number of Americans living in poverty reached nearly one in six, the highest rate since 1993. What do you think?

  • “One in six? Oh my god, that means I probably know someone who's poor.”

    Jessie Carter –
    Park Naturalist

  • “Well, maybe if waitresses in this country could learn what a whistle and finger-snap mean, then maybe they’d have a little extra pocket money.”

    Nick Mitchell –
    Environmental Engineer

  • “But look at our standards of living. In 1993, not even a king would have been able to enjoy a vodka with Red Bull.”

    Jon Rist –
    Unemployed

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