The Census Bureau released new numbers on Tuesday showing that real median household incomes rose from $53,718 in 2014 to $56,516 last year. Skopein/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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President Obama spoke at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University Tuesday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Obama: We Must 'Guard Against Cynicism' When It Comes To Poverty

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How the number of Americans below the poverty line and the poverty rate have changed. Census Bureau hide caption

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