The United States has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the developed world. UNICEF just released an international study and out of 35 nations the United States is the second highest with 23.1% of our children living in poverty. Only two nations made it over the 20% mark and other was Romania which was last with 26.6% of their children suffering the pains of poverty.
This is a national disgrace. Bulgaria, Greece, and everyone else was ahead of us.
In a new survey on ThinkProgress.com, there is no state in America where a person working at the minimum wage can work 40 hours a weeks and afford rent. In New York you would have to work 136 hours at minimum wage just to afford the rent.
Boston.com's Big Picture has photographer Mario Tama's images taken in Owsley County, Kentucky which has 41.5% of its residents living in poverty. He captures the sense of community among the poor but also the devastation of poverty. A large number of the homes have no running water or electricity in the area.