Sunday, June 12, 2011

What You Need to Know About Poverty in Pennsylvania

  • Nearly 1.5 million Pennsylvanians - 12.1% - live in poverty (income of $22,050 or less for a family of four) (2008 Census statistics).
  • One in six children lives in poverty.
  • Poverty persists in all PA counties, whether urban, rural, or suburban.
  • Contributing factors to poverty include: lack of education and job skills, job loss, lack of access to health care, addictions, underemployment, and teen pregnancy.