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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.

Poverty by State and county

Income inequality in America and
pathways to positive change

The faces of poverty are all around us. From struggling young entrepreneurs to homeless veterans, college students to seniors. In this series, we explore the challenges of economic inequality in America along with solutions to change the conversation.

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Presented by Microsoft News in partnership with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity