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The Impact of Poverty on the U.S.

How does Poverty effect the U.S?

Poverty in the U.S.

Poverty has a big impact on the United States in many ways. It affects society in different ways and keeps disadvantages going. When it comes to money, poverty makes people less productive and limits their potential in the workforce. People who are stuck in poverty often can’t get a good education or find good jobs, which makes it hard for them to contribute to the economy. This makes the workforce less competitive and slows down economic growth.

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What Poverty Looks Like

¬†Poverty also affects people’s health. When you’re poor, it’s harder to get healthcare, good food, and a safe place to live. This leads to more people getting sick with long-term illnesses. It also puts a lot of pressure on the healthcare system because poor people often have to rely on public health services, which puts a strain on the government’s resources.

¬†Education is another area that poverty affects a lot. Kids from poor families face many obstacles that make it hard for them to do well in school. Schools in poor areas don’t have enough money, so they can’t provide all the things that students need. Poor kids also don’t have access to things like after-school activities, which can help them learn and grow. This keeps the cycle of poverty going and makes it hard for people to move up in society.

To fix poverty in the United States, we need to have a plan that covers many different things. We need to invest in education, healthcare, and social services. We also need policies that create more job opportunities, make housing affordable, and make sure everyone has access to the things they need. By doing all of this, we can break the cycle of poverty and make our society more fair and successful.


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