Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:20 AM
alp227 (20,510 posts)
Study: Puerto Rico's children mired in poverty that dwarfs rest of U.S.
More than 80% of children in Puerto Rico live in high-poverty areas, according to a recent report. That's a sharp difference from national figures measured by the same study, which indicates that 11% of minors across the United States live in high-poverty areas.
"What this implies is that the children of Puerto Rico are facing really great difficulties in order to have the appropriate resources to develop. Whether it is because in their homes there are not enough resources or because in the community where they live there are not enough resources," said Nayda Rivera-Hernandez, senior research analyst at the National Council of La Raza.
The study, released last week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the National Council of La Raza using data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey, showed that the percentage of Puerto Rico's teenagers who are not in school or working is higher than in any U.S. state; at 18%, the rate is twice as high as the national U.S. figure, according to the National Council of La Raza.
The report says 56% of Puerto Rican children live in poverty, compared with 22% for the entire United States.
Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/01/us/puerto-rico-child-poverty/index.html
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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:52 AM
Douglas Carpenter (15,151 posts)
1. I suspect the same would be true of Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Marianas and all U.S.
territories outside of the U.S. mainland. Currently living myself in the Northern Marianas - I don't know the exact statistics - but certainly the majority are living below the poverty line.
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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:49 AM
alp227 (20,510 posts)
3. Or Frothy Mix Rick...
"Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law. And that is that English has to be the principal language. There are other states with more than one language such as Hawaii but to be a state of the United States, English has to be the principal language."