You may consider that US is the richest country in the world does not have a poverty myth. In fact, the United States has one of the highest poverty rates among developed countries.

  • OECD report ranked the United States 29 of 31 OECD countries in 2012. When it comes to child poverty, things are even worse.
  • A UNICEF report found that the United States ranked 34 of 35 developed countries – only Romania had a higher child poverty rate.

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According to The provertyusa.org:

Poverty does not hit all demographics equally. For example, in 2018, 10.6 per cent of men and 12.9 per cent of women were living in Poverty USA. Similarly, the poverty rate for married couples in 2018 was just 4.7 per cent-but the poverty rate for single-parent families without a wife was 12.7 per cent and for single-parent families without a husband was 24.9 per cent.

The poverty rate for people living with disabilities was 25.7% in 2018. That’s about 4 million

people living with disabilities—in poverty.

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2018 Poverty Rate in the United States