Poverty Facts


Why do we need poverty solutions?


1 in 8 Americans is considered "officially poor." 33% of the U.S. poor are children.

  • As of 2016, more than 40 million people live below the poverty line in the United States. Of those, 13.3 million were children. **


Poverty in Flint and Detroit is three times higher than the national rate. 36% of the poor in these cities are children.


Despite the billions that government and charitable organizations spend on poverty, too little is known to effectively alleviate and prevent poverty.

  • Many families who are following the current path our nation has laid out for upward mobility are making no headway, and in some cases doing worse.

Much work and more knowledge is needed to effectively address these issues. Poverty Solutions focuses on action-based research with community partners is helping to inform and test strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty.

Read more about poverty in the United States >


* SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of the Census
** SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of the Census, “Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015”, Report P60, n. 256, Table B-2, pp. 50-55