15 Key Poverty Statistics

15 Key Poverty Statistics

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  1. Percentage of families below the federal poverty line (139)
  2. Level of hunger in the community (140)
  3. Health statistics (e.g. infant death, early death, low birth weight, etc.) (141)
  4. Census Bureau official poverty rate (141)
  5. Cost of housing (142)
  6. Percentage of healthcare professionals who will accept Medicaid assignment (142)
  7. Location of good grocery stores (142)
  8. Cost of basic commodities (e.g. flour, milk, cereal, gasoline, transportation costs) (143)
  9. Minimum wage (145)
  10. Real earning power (145)
  11. Number of students on free or reduced lunch (146)
  12. Population growth or shrinkage (147)
  13. Tax base (146)
  14. Uncompensated care in emergency rooms (146)
  15. New-home construction (147)
    (The quickest way to attain a federal statistics breakdown for any community is to pull a fact sheet from the U.S. Census Bureau Web site (147)