Poverty

This Chart Blows Up the Myth of the Welfare Queen

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows us the frugal reality of life on the social safety net.

Can We Disrupt Poverty by Changing How Poor Parents Talk to Their Kids?

Young children who hear fewer words do worse in school. Providence wants to close the gap.

America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor

Median incomes have been growing the fastest, however, in a very different part of the country.

3 Charts That Prove Anti-Poverty Programs Actually Work

New data suggests America's expanded safety net has been crucial to reducing poverty over time.

Does Paying Food-Stamp Recipients to Eat Healthier Fare Work?

People in underserved communities want better food. They just can't afford it.

How the Poor Are Squeezed Out of the Most Affordable Housing

A worsening trend that spans four decades.

On a Mission to Help Neighborhoods With Scarce Resources for Pets

You've heard of food deserts, but what about pet food deserts?

Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

And why their "bad" decisions might be more rational than you'd think.

HIV Is Still Very Concentrated in America's Cities

Ninety-two percent of new diagnoses occur in just a quarter of U.S. counties, and most of them are urban.

What Counts as a Living Wage in London?

The mayor says it's $14.15 (or £8.80) per hour, but has no plans to introduce legislation to force employers to pay it.

Should Food Stamps Buy Soda?

The problem with increasing health-oriented restrictions on what can be purchased.

How States Rejecting the Medicaid Expansion Sabotaged Their Biggest Cities

Major urban areas are magnets for the uninsured, and the state politicians who turned down the Medicaid expansion are not the ones who will pay to treat them.

Why It's So Incredibly Difficult to Fight Urban Inequality

The most successful programs require huge cash investments and federal assistance — tough to come by in these troubled times.

Yep, Being a Young, American Adult Is a Financial Nightmare

Here are the graphs to prove it.

A Shockingly High Number of Americans Experience Poverty

According to new research, almost 40 percent of adults experience impoverishment by age 60. But while poverty's reach is wide, it isn't necessarily deep.

India Can Send a Rocket to Mars and Fight Poverty at the Same Time

Critics say the country is wasting money on its new satellite. But funding space research is what birthed the lucrative tech industry in the first place.

The Lasting Impacts of Poverty on the Brain

Research finds that poor children are more likely to end up with impaired brain function as adults.

An Extraordinary 'Synthetic' Map of Every Household in America

By age, size, income and race.

How Crummy, Run-Down Housing Harms the Children Who Live in It

New research suggests that children who live with peeling paint and broken appliances have greater emotional, behavioral and cognitive challenges.