There are some pockets of poverty that are so deep they are hidden from sight

There are some pockets of poverty in the United States that are so deep they are hidden from sight

It's been said that the poorest American is richer than most people throughout the world, especially in what are called developing countries. But new research by two distinguished scholars has uncovered pockets of poverty in the United States that are so deep they are hidden from sight.


In a new book, "$2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America," Kathryn J. Edin, Bloomberg distinguished professor of sociology and public health at Johns Hopkins University, and H. Luke Shaefer, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, introduce readers to the stark results of their research: As many as one in 25 American families with children have no earnings, no welfare check and scrape by on less than $2 a day per person — an amount that is a "World Bank metric of global poverty in the developing world."


In America, the poverty line hovered near $16.50 a person daily for a three-person household as Edin and Shaefer began exploring the question early this decade. The government deemed $8.30 a day "deep poverty." In early 2011, 1.5 million households that included about 3 million kids were among the poorest of the poor, living on $2 a day.