Poverty is all around us
Presented by Microsoft News in partnership with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
In 2018, there were 38.1 million people living in poverty in America.
Poverty is defined as a state of extreme levels of destitution. When income falls below a certain threshold, as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau, a state of poverty exists.
While many of us might associate poverty with the homeless or the unemployed, the reality is that many individuals with full-time jobs and homes cannot make ends meet. They fall further and further behind securing basics like food, shelter, electricity, transportation and clothing.
Explore the map below to see poverty rates by state and by county and learn more about the organizations that are active in your area to help alleviate the challenges of poverty.