Poverty

Brazilians Spend as Much as 26 Percent of Their Income to Ride the Bus

In the county's lopsided economy, public funds are propping up a public transportation system that the public can’t afford.

The Best Thing We Could Do About Inequality Is Universal Preschool

How we can reduce crime, increase economic mobility, boost college graduation rates, and give communities more tax revenue, all at the same time.

5 Maps That Show How Divided America Really Is

Breaking down the country by income, inequality, poverty and education.

Fixing a Neighborhood by Strengthening Its Social Ties

Taking small actions that give people a sense of pride in their neighborhood isn't a crazy starting point for uplifting a community like Lindsay Heights.

Cover Story Showdown: 'Time' vs. 'New York Times Magazine' on Chicago

Two national magazines take on dissecting the city in the same week. Who wrote it best?

Let Me Recycle That For You. Please.

In Buenos Aires, thousands of informal workers are ready to take on the task of improving the city's trash woes, if only the government would let them.

An Amazingly Effective Support System for Single Moms

The Jeremiah Program knows what single moms need to finish college: housing and child care.

Why Suburban Poverty Is Less Visible and More Insidious

Today's poor have a new problem: isolation.

The Suburbanization of Poverty

Public perception has yet to catch up to the reality that the poor now live in the suburbs, too.

Telling the Story of Inequality on Public Transit, With Maps

A mash-up of poverty rates and transit quality from San Francisco.

Stepping Up to Restore Cincinnati's Neglected Pedestrian Stairways

The city says it can't afford to maintain them. Can private citizens make up the difference?

3 Reasons 30-Somethings Are Accumulating Less Wealth Than Their Parents

It's not just the recession.

The Devastating Impact of Persistent Crime on Teens

In low-income urban neighborhoods, daily exposure to violence is a reality for many young people.

An Ingenious Banking Model: Speak Spanish and Serve Immigrants

For one North Carolina credit union, courting Latino immigrant members is a risk that pays off.

In America, Food Is Getting Cheaper ... Unless You're Poor

New charts explain how America spends money on food.

The Real Forces That Keep Low-Income Kids Out of College

The labyrinth surrounding scholarships and admissions doesn't account for the messy realities of poor families' lives.

How Rioters Act Like Shoppers

Researchers say looters make rational decisions about how far they’re willing to travel to steal what they want.

The Hidden Poverty Rates of Smaller U.S. Minority Communities

New Census data sheds light on the relationship between poverty and selected racial groups in American cities.

The Incredible Rise of Government Spending on the Poor, in One Chart

Where is all of this spending growth coming from? New programs, new people, and health care.