Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Here's a Riddle For You

Here's the riddle:


Let's examine some numbers readily available from the Census Bureau's 2004 Current Population Survey.... There's one segment of the black population that suffers only a 9.9 percent poverty rate, and only 13.7 percent of its under-5-year-olds are poor. There's another segment that suffers a 39.5 percent poverty rate, and 58.1 percent of its under-5-year-olds are poor. Among whites, one segment suffers a 6 percent poverty rate, and only 9.9 percent of its under-5-year-olds are poor. The other segment suffers a 26.4 percent poverty rate, and 52 percent of its under-5-year-olds are poor. [Source]


Okay, what distinguishes the high poverty and low poverty groups?

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Answer: Marriage.

The only thing that surprises me is that the poverty rates aren't higher for the children of unmarried mothers. I'd be willing to bet that many of those that were technically above the poverty line weren't above it by much.

2 comments:

Lost Budgie said...

Hi Suzanne

Great post. Should be required reading for teenagers.

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Cheers

Lost Budgie

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the link. You have a great blog.