The Demographics Of Poverty

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 24 2011 @ 5:37pm

Reihan brings the conversation about the 99% back to the basics:

While 15.1 percent of people living in the U.S. are in poverty, the poverty rate for families is 13.2 percent. That is much lower than the poverty rate for single people living alone or with roommates, which stands at 22.9 percent. A big part of the evolving poverty picture is that people are staying single longer than they did in years past. … Married-couple households have a poverty rate of 6.2 percent. Female-headed single-parent households, in contrast, have a poverty rate of 31.6 percent, while the far smaller number of male-headed single-parent households have a poverty rate of 15.8 percent.