Poverty and the community

Poverty and the community


            The Routledge Handbook of Poverty in the United States (2014) defines poverty as the state in which an individual lack the socially accepted or usual amounts of material or money possessions. Poverty threshold is a tool employed by the American government to measure the level of adversity in various States. According to the poverty line, the condition refers to the lack of goods and services such as medical services, mostly taken for granted by individuals in the community. Research by Walter (2012) shows that poverty is usually high in rural and inner parts of the cities in the US. In the recent US census, almost 38 percent of the country’s population are low-income earners qualifying them to be below the poverty line. The Routledge Handbook of Poverty in the United States (2014) postulates that in the year 2011 the nation recorded the highest poverty level with more than 16 million children living in households that had insecurity in basic needs such as food. Walter (2012) postulates that poverty guidelines are also used to measure the poverty level in the states.

Poverty level in Tampa Florida

            A study by Walter (2012) shows that the poverty line in Tampa has been high for over seven years. Most people in the region are poor because the individuals lack basic needs including food and better housing facilities. Thompson (2015) reveals that over 17 percent of the population have been receiving assistance from the government both in the form of food and money resources. Turning to the work of Majeed (2014) one finds that most individual in the community earn less than two dollars per day. Poverty level was for example estimated in the state of Florida as 17 percent in adults and above 19 percent in children.

People living below poverty line in Tampa- Florida

            According to the census conducted by the United States’ government, Tampa had a population of 333,073 people and 134,393 households. The city has the highest number of individuals living below the poverty level as compared to Florida and Hillsborough. The census indicates that 19 percent of people in Tampa leave below the poverty line representing 62,432 of the population. For example, the number of children living under poor health conditions that are as a result of poverty has been reported to be high in the community (Reading Poverty in America, 2014).

Impacts of poverty

Reading Poverty in America (2014) postulates that the high level of adversity in the society has adverse effects both on the community and the government. The situation has resulted in severe health conditions and an increment in chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes that come as a result of poor diets among the individuals. Death rates have gone high among the poor people due to lack of efficient Medicare services. Research by Lusted (2011) on poverty shows that the level of adversity determines the criminal activities in the State. High level of lack increases crime within a community. For example in Tampa, the rate of offence was reported to increase in 2015 due to the growing level of poverty.


            Poverty level varies among states in the US. The standard of poverty has been reported high in Tampa city both in adults and children. In the city, almost 19 percent of the total population live below the poverty level that has resulted in adverse health conditions in particular among the children. Poverty affects the government through the provision of relief foods and other necessary services among the poor members of the state. Adversity has increased anti-social behaviours such as robbery within the city.


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