Census Shows Rise in Nation's Poorest Despite comparative stability in the national poverty level, one number that rose in recently released Census Bureau data was the amount of people living in extreme poverty. Federal guidelines list people in extreme poverty if their incomes fall at or below 50 percent of the poverty level.
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Census Shows Rise in Nation's Poorest

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Census Shows Rise in Nation's Poorest

Census Shows Rise in Nation's Poorest

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Despite comparative stability in the national poverty level, one number that rose in recently released Census Bureau data was the amount of people living in extreme poverty.

Federal guidelines list people in extreme poverty if their incomes fall at or below 50 percent of the poverty level. An additional 300,000 people slipped into what the Census Bureau calls "severe poverty."

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