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One does not have to look far to see poverty’s grasp on our society. Often overlooked, poverty can be found in not only in our country but in our backyard.

In 2011, the US Census Bureau released the following:

 

In America

  • Over 46 million Americans are living in poverty.
  •  1 in 5 children are in danger of going without adequate food at some point. This means that over 49 million people suffered food insecurity; the highest rate in 14 years.
  • 49 million Americans were food insecure in 2008
  • 16.7 million children in the U.S. are food insecure.
  • 2/3 of households facing food insecurity reported having at least one member employed full-time
  • In the U.S., more than 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year.
  • 1 in 7 Americans lived in poverty last year.

 

South Carolina

  • The state's 10.3 percent unemployment rate in 2011 was well above the 8.9 percent national rate.
  • South Carolina's poverty rate of 18.9 percent was the ninth highest in the U.S. and significantly higher than the national rate of 15.9 percent.
  • Moreover, approximately 6.5 percent of families made less than $10,000 a year, the fifth highest proportion in the country.
  • Meanwhile, only 2.9 percent of families made more than $200,000 a year, the sixth-lowest rate in the country.

 

In the Area

  • 22% of Horry County doesn’t have health insurance
  • 27% of families with children under 18% near or under the poverty level