Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Strange Facts about America’s ‘Poor’ - By Robert Rector - The Corner - National Review Online


> Here are more surprising facts about Americans defined as “poor” by the Census Bureau, all taken from various government reports and included in my new paper from The Heritage Foundation called “Understanding Poverty in the United States”:
>> ● Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
>> ● Fully 92 percent of poor households have a microwave; two-thirds have at least one DVD player and 70 percent have a VCR.
>> ● Nearly 75 percent have a car or truck; 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks.
>> ● Four out of five poor adults assert they were never hungry at any time in the prior year due to lack of money for food.
>> ● Nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite television.
>> ● Half have a personal computer; one in seven have two or more computers.
>> ● More than half of poor families with children have a video game system such as Xbox or PlayStation.
>> ● Just under half — 43 percent — have Internet access.
>> ● A third have a widescreen plasma or LCD TV.
>> ● One in every four has a digital video recorder such as TiVo.>

Read the whole thing.

Link to paper: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/09/Understanding-Poverty-in-the...

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