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Poverty and Inequality

My interest is the poverty and inequality in the state of North Carolina. Poverty is the state of being extremely poor. The poverty line for North Carolina was defined in 2012 as being $23,283 or less for a family of four, and $11,945 or less for individuals. 17.2% of North Carolinians live below this poverty line. Families with children are at an increased risk of poverty, as are women and single mothers. In 2012, 51.6% of households led by women with children under the age of 5 were living below the poverty line. Orange County has 16.4% of the population living in poverty. Another North Carolina county, Robeson county, has 34.7% of its population living in poverty. I plan to look at the counties closest to us and the ones such as Robeson with the highest poverty rate and examine what goes on in these different counties. The American Community Survey shows that of all food stamp enrollment in North Carolina in 2012, 45.9% of them were white, 41.9% were black and 8% were Hispanic. Inequality goes hand in hand with poverty, and is defined as a difference in size, degree, circumstances etc. In North Carolina the gender income gap is present, and offers women 75% of the amount that men can earn for the same work. This number is among the top in the United States, and we are known as being one of the few states whose income gap is around 25%. However, is it apparent that we still have a long way to go to reach the equilibrium.

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2 thoughts on “Poverty and Inequality

  1. This is a very interesting topic, which will always be incredibly relevant. What do you think is the main reason for this increase in poverty? Maybe check what industries are popular in what counties and compare that to the unemployment rate and poverty numbers. What do you think could be done to fix this? Great post, this is really relevant for anyone who plans to live in North Carolina.

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    • Thank you, hackerknownas4chan! I plan to look into some reasons for the increase in poverty such as the decline in manufacturing jobs as we move toward a more modern society!

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