How rich and poor Americans spend money now and 30 years ago

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Rent has nearly doubled as a share of a poorer family’s spending.

Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us what the typical American spends on everything from his rent to his reading material. There’s just one problem. In a country with growing income inequality, the typical American leaves out a lot of Americans.

 

 

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Widening gap between those who use the internet and those who don’t

15% of Americans older than 18 don’t use the Internet.

Jim Crawford, sixty-three years old and retired from a career as a welder, doesn’t have much use for the Internet. Crawford, who lives in Manhattan, Kan. said, “I never had to use it on the job and didn’t have to use it at home for any reason. So I never really learned to do it — and never really got interested.”

 

 

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Pew Research – Marriage Declines, New Families Rise

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Sharp decline in marriage over the last 50 years.

The transformative trends of the past 50 years that have led to a sharp decline in marriage and a rise of new family forms have been shaped by attitudes and behaviors that differ by class, age and race, according to a new Pew Research Center nationwide survey, conducted in association with TIME magazine, and complemented by an analysis of demographic and economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

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Maine Tries to Tackle Shrinking Population

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Camden Harbor, Maine, where civic leaders have taken notice of a decline in population and are mapping strategies to reverse the trend.

Trendy Brevetto Kitchen & Wine Bar is bustling on a recent Thursday, but not with a typical happy hour crowd. Less rowdy and mostly professional, the men and women wearing name tags are not here to hook up but link up. They’re members of Midcoast Magnet, one of several regional groups working to halt a population slide in one of the USA’s most picturesque states.

 

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Study: China’s Birth Limits Could Lead To Increasing Crime

Study: China’s Birth Limits Could Lead To Increasing Crime 

 

China has 32 million more young men than young women – a gender gap that could lead to increasing crime – because parents facing strict birth limits abort female fetuses to have a son, a study released Friday said.

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Gender Gaps Widen As Some Barriers Disappear

Gender Gaps Widen As Some Barriers Disappear 

When men and women take personality tests, some of the old Mars-Venus stereotypes keep reappearing. On average, women are more cooperative, nurturing, cautious and emotionally responsive. Men tend to be more competitive, assertive, reckless and emotionally flat. Clear differences appear in early childhood and never disappear.

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Women and the Confidence Gap

Women and the Confidence Gap

Besides earning less, women have less confidence about their stability

In a poll by the National Women’s Law Center, women were more likely than men to feel that they are falling behind economically. They worry more about their financial future. For many women, the concerns are not unfounded. More than 14 million women live in poverty. More than 17 million have no health insurance. On average, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar paid to men.

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