1. The percentage of Americans currently living in poverty
According to the Census Bureau, the number of people in poverty in the United States increased to 42.9 million. Poverty is defined by the Office of Management and Budget as an income of $10,956 for an individual and $21,954 for a family of four.
2. Which year had the largest number of Americans living in poverty?
For maps showing the distribution of poverty in the U.S. and how definitions of poverty are calculated, see http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/poverty.html and click on 2008-09.
3. True/False: There are more blacks in poverty than whites.
While in terms of numbers, more whites than blacks are impoverished, the percentage of the African-American population is higher. Why is this?
4. Which region in the U.S. has the highest rate of poverty?
Why would the South have the highest rate of poverty?
5. Which of the following three groups has the highest rate of poverty?
How can we say that poverty is the result of laziness, when so many of those in poverty are children?
6. The percentage of Maconites living in poverty is approximately
Why does Macon have a poverty rate double the national average?
7. The documented homeless in Macon __________ from 2008 to 2009.
Why did the number of homeless increase so much in just a one year period? (source: National Coalition for the Homeless) Article in the Macon Telegraph: http://www.macon.com/2010/08/04/1217108/group-homelessness-up-in-macon.html.
8. Percentage of Bibb County children living with a single parent (2000)
Single parenting has increased significantly since the 1960s. What reasons explain this trend? How does this living situation affect poverty?
9. Percentage of Bibb County students eligible to receive free or reduced price meals at school (2010).
This has increased from 59.5% in 2000. What advantages to be successful in school did you have as a child that these children do not? (source: George Department of Education)
10. What is the maximum amount of a monthly welfare check for a family of three in Macon?
Why is government assistance so low? How do you survive on $280 a month? (source: Georgia Department of Human Services)