The Price Of Poverty: What It Means To Be Poor In America : 1A In 2020, more than 37 million Americans lived in poverty according to new data from the U.S Census Bureau.

That number doesn't include those who are above the poverty line and struggling to make a living.

We discuss what it means to be poor and how people fall below the poverty line, and the difficulties associated with it. This is the first part of our discussion of poverty in America for our series "The Price of Poverty."

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The Price Of Poverty: What It Means To Be Poor In America

The Price Of Poverty: What It Means To Be Poor In America

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In 2020, more than 37 million Americans lived in poverty according to new data from the U.S Census Bureau. That's 3.3 million more than in 2019.

But this number doesn't include those who are above the poverty line and struggling to make a living.

According to the Poor People's Campaign, once low-income families are accounted for, that number is closer to 140 million Americans.

What does it actually mean to be poor? How do people fall below the poverty line? And why is it so hard to get above it? We carve out time to talk about poverty in America in our series "The Price of Poverty."

The University of Michigan's Luke Shaefer, U.S. Census Bureau's Liana Fox, and Washington State University's Jennifer Sherman join us for the first part of our series.

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