Poverty Sociology

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Poverty and its Everyday Life Changes

Professor Deanna R. Lindsey
Sociology 100, Strayer University
November 4, 2011

This report tells of the ratings of poverty in the United States and America. It tells how poverty is constantly changing the lives of men, women, and children on an everyday basis. It speaks of things we can do as a society to help support and change the lives of those living in poverty.

Poverty And It’s Everyday Life Changes 3 Poverty is a very emotional and important issue in America. It is a fact that all social inequality creates poverty. There are generally two types of poverty
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Among African American children 34.5 percent are poor compared to the 28.6 percent among Hispanic children and 10.1 percent among non – Hispanic white children U.S. Census Bureau,2008).Since, 1975 the gap between whites and Hispanics has pretty much remained the same. Single women with children still hold the leading of people living in poverty. By, 2007 the percentage of single women living in poverty doubled to 51 percent, compared to the only 25 percent in the 1960’s. Central cities are found to be the greatest concentration of poverty in the U.S. Poverty in the suburbs 9 percent and urban areas as a whole is 11.9 percent, which is somewhat lower than the 15.4 percent in rural areas (Sociology, Thirteenth Edition). Housing for most poor families still remains spacious but lacks unsafe living conditions. The most severe of problems would be
Poverty And Its Everyday Life Changes 5 the sharing of bathroom facilities with other neighboring units and most common would be late payment on rent or utilities. The tally from the American Housing Survey showed that only a tiny portion of poor households and even a smaller portion of total households fall in to this category. About one half of 1 percent of all households and 2 percent of poor households have other “severe physical problems, the most common are repeated heating breakdowns and upkeep problems (Rector and Johnson, 2004). A typical home owned by the poor consists of three bedrooms, one and a half bath,


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