Poverty in America

Poverty refers to a situation where people are unable to afford basic commodities that make life comfortable. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the basic human wants are food, shelter, and clothing. Individuals who are unable to afford these basic needs are considered poverty-stricken. Away from the generality to the foregoing, poverty manifests and means different things to various people. Among different societies, the quality of housing, food, or clothing influences whether one can be regarded as either poor or rich. Poverty is prevalent world over, including in the nations considered fully developed. In America, poverty is measured using the inflation index and the consumer price index (Michael, 2013). Despite the perceived opulence of the Americans, some of them, especially those residing in the rural areas are faced with dire problems of deprivation. The United States government gauges poverty levels based on the citizens’ inability to access basic commodities availab...