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ERIC Number: ED001902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 1
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CHILDREN AND POVERTY.
WITMER, HELEN L.
THREE MAJOR QUESTIONS ARE RAISED--(1) WHAT IS MEANT BY POVERTY AND TO WHAT EXTENT DOES THE OVERALL AMOUNT OF POVERTY DEPEND ON THE SORT OF MEASURING ROD USED. (2) HOW MANY AND WHAT PROPORTION OF THE NATION'S CHILDREN ARE GROWING UP IN POVERTY. AND (3) WHERE, GEOGRAPHICALLY AND SOCIALLY, ARE THESE CHILDREN OF THE POOR TO BE FOUND. POVERTY IS DEFINED WITH REFERENCE TO COST OF LIVING BUDGETS. AN ANNUAL INCOME OF $3,000 OR LESS THAN $60.00 PER WEEK REPRESENTS THE POVERTY LINE. INCOME TAX RATES PAID ARE USED TO DETERMINE A POVERTY SCALE. ANOTHER FACTOR USED TO DEFINE POVERTY IS FAMILY SIZE RELATIVE TO INCOME. USING THE $3,000 INCOME FIGURE, 9.3 MILLION FAMILIES LIVE IN POVERTY. IN 1961, 21 PERCENT OF ALL COUPLES WITH CHILDREN EARNED LESS THAN $3,000. APPROXIMATELY 11 MILLION CHILDREN LIVE IN POVERTY ACCORDING TO STATISTICS. MORE NONWHITE FAMILIES THAN WHITE FAMILIES ARE POOR. RURAL RESIDENCE INCREASES THE CHANCES OF LIVING IN POVERTY. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BOTH THE PROPORTIONS AND ABSOLUTE NUMBERS OF "THE POOR" SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN ATTEMPTS TO REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF POVERTY. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN "CHILDREN," VOLUME 11, NUMBER 6, NOVEMBER 1964.
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Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA