While North Carolina and the rest of the nation have experienced modest growth in recent years, much of that prosperity has remained in the hands of a few rich people. Without intentional investment in areas such as education and public health, and without a commitment to dismantle oppressive systems, poverty will continue to be stubbornly higher, wages will remain stagnant, and inequality will continue to rise. About 14.7 percent of North Carolinians live below the poverty line, one of the highest poverty rates in the country. North Carolina households are more likely to use SNAP to help pay for food than those in most other states.
How close a person is to these standards can determine what type of government aid they receive and helps nonprofit organizations such as the North Carolina Community Action Association determine who needs the most help. More than 1 in 5 children in North Carolina are growing up in families that cannot give them a good start in life because they are paid too low a salary to pay the basics. This week, we'll look at the current state of poverty in the United States and how North Carolina compares to the country's averages.