Sunday, July 18, 2010

According to 2005 data from the Dept of Energy, 63.8 % of all households below the poverty line in the US have cable television. From a 2004 report from the Heritage Foundation:
  • 46 % of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a threebedroom house with oneandahalf baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.
  • 76% of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, 30 years ago, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
  • Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.
  • The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)
  • Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 30 percent own two or more cars.
  • 97 % of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.
  • 78 % have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.
  • 73 % own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and a third have an automatic dishwasher.
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