LiveStories wishes all our partners and website visitors a Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah. For many Americans, the holidays are a time to reflect on the less fortunate. Around 15 percent of Americans live in poverty.
In this spirit, we put together a collection of "smart stories" on local poverty rates. Here they are for the ten largest cities in America:
Follow the links to see data on poverty for each city's home county.
If you don't live in these ten cities, you can still see localized data for your county. Just replace the last five numbers in any of the URL's with your own local zip code. The story’s charts should update automatically.
For more resources on how to help those in need, here is a list of organizations dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger in America.
Poverty Research and Relief Organizations
National Center for Children in Poverty
Southern Poverty Law Center: Economic Justice
Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness
Shriver Center on Poverty Law
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Food Security Organizations
Feeding America: Find a Food Bank
Find Food Pantries
Meals on Wheels
Hunger Free America: Hunger Volunteers
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
If you have any suggestions for charities or poverty relief organizations, please feel free to leave them in the comments. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
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