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Poverty Facts


  • Families need income equivalent to twice the official poverty standards to become economically sufficient. To become self-sufficient, families must attain 200% of the poverty level.2
  • Generational poverty is defined as being in poverty for two generations or longer.  Situational poverty is a shorter time and is caused by circumstance (i.e., death, illness, divorce, etc.).5


  • Low-income people are nearly five times more likely to be without health insurance than people with incomes at self-sufficiency levels.3
  • Disabilities and health conditions are an over-looked cofactor in poverty. One fourth of all adults in poverty collect Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  Almost a third reports a health condition that limits or prevents work.3


  • The United States child poverty rate is substantially higher - often two to three times higher - than that of most other major Western industrialized nations.5
  • Poor children are twice as likely to repeat a grade and are more likely to move frequently that their more advantaged peers.2
  • Children born into poverty are more likely to have been low birth weight babies and are more likely to die in the first month than other children.2
  • People are most vulnerable to poverty when they turn 18.4
  • Children under 6 remain particularly vulnerable to poverty.5
  • Poor inner-city youths are seven times more likely to be the victims of child abuse or neglect than are children of high social and economic status.5
  • Poor children at twice as likely to repeat a grade.2

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For more information about our studies completed by Cincinnati Works, please contact Rick Wegmann at 937.528.6484.


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