Did You Know?
In the United States, poverty is defined as a family of four living with a household income below $23,000.
Most Americans (58%) will live at least one year in poverty.
Poverty is not just an urban problem, but a rural one also. The rural poverty rate is 17.8% vs. 14.9% in urban areas.
1 in 6 Iowans live in poverty.
In Iowa, 16.2% of children under the age of 17 lives in poverty.
In the Linn County area, 1 in 12 children under the age of 17 lives in poverty.
Children living in poverty are more likely to have health problems, cognitive difficulties and lower test scores.