Go West Young Man…but not Too Far West!

27 Dec

According to the latest population surveys and official sources for US poverty estimates the official poverty rate in the United States is 14.8 percent which means that 46.7 million Americans live in poverty. And although the poverty rates in America have not changed over the past few years for most groups, 3 groups have seen their rates increase; people with disabilities, people with at least a bachelor’s degree and married couple-families.

The poverty rate for chil­dren under age 18 was 21.1 per­cent.

14 states now require over 3 times the earning power of the minimum wage in order to reasonably afford a 2 bedroom apartment. The other 36 states require at least twice the minimum wage, or a wage of at least 30,000 dollars per year to afford such an abode.

66% of all Americans earn less than 20 dollars per hour.

It’s not unusual to walk around my neighborhood these days and find a house or two lying vacant. I live in New Jersey and can’t remember a time when that was normal. I’m just wondering how things are where you live?



One Response to “Go West Young Man…but not Too Far West!”

  1. avwalters December 29, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

    No vacancies here, but also, no rentals. This is a rural community, with an ag and tourism base. It has also become popular for retiring (and affluent) boomers. Everyone complains that there’s no housing for employees and many of the housing units have converted to short term rentals. A second unit is far more lucrative as a vacation rental than as a long term apartment–with a short season and fewer tenant hassles. So workers in the tourist and ag industries (not the best paid to start with) have to commute from another county. Go figure.

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