For the past fifty years, the U.S. Census Bureau has determined the poverty line using one benchmark: food cost as a share of annual income. Now, however, the Bureau will count other factors that might drive people into poverty, including medical expenses and the higher rents in certain regions. It also will take into account what the government provides people to fight poverty, such as food stamps, public housing, and refundable tax credits. To read more, click here.

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