https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2 ... mmigrants/
The US is the largest recipient of immigration in the world. Our largest immigration pool comes from Mexico of which 25% are here illegally. The constant influx of unskilled workers is going to affect poverty statistics which I'd like to point out is at 12.3% despite the constant wave of immigration from poor nations; this would indicate that poor immigrants are able to rise above poverty because of the advantages available in this country. If this wasn't the case, then poverty rates would be increasing instead of decreasing. And this also indicates that the individuals had the capacity to generate income but the systems of their former countries were incapable of providing the network for income escalation. People come here to make money and they are able to do so because of the economic infrastructure we have. And when discussing income inequality notice how absent the income thresholds are. To be in the top 15% in income only requires earning 100k a year or more - very doable for a 2 person household (being married is a key factor).
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affluen ... ted_States:
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2 ... ng-adults/:Two income-earner households are more common among the top quintile of households than the general population: 2006 U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that over three quarters, 76%, of households in the top quintile, with annual incomes exceeding $91,200, had two or more income earners compared to just 42% among the general population and a small minority in the bottom three quintiles. As a result, much of the rising income inequity between the upper and lower percentiles can be explained through the increasing percentage of households with two or more incomes.
https://singlemotherguide.com/single-mother-statistics/:In the past 10 years, the share of U.S. adults living without a spouse or partner has climbed to 42%, up from 39% in 2007, when the Census Bureau began collecting detailed data on cohabitation.
Divorce has likely not contributed to the growing share of unpartnered adults over this short period. Though divorce statistics are complicated, many argue that the divorce rate has generally been stable or falling since the 1980s.
This trend has important implications for the economic well-being of U.S. adults, as research has shown the financial benefits of marriage and cohabitation. The median household income (adjusted for household size) for partnered adults, either married or cohabiting, is $86,000. By contrast, the median household income for unpartnered adults is roughly $61,000. In addition, unpartnered adults are about twice as likely as partnered adults to be living in poverty (17% versus 7%).
There are many factors affecting income inequality and putting the blame only on the rich is a half-truth. The stats above are only a small slice of what is behind the inequality. And beware stats that use median instead of averages and visa-versa - both get switched out depending on which one is more beneficial to the side doing the arguing.Single mothers are much more likely to be poor than married couples. The poverty rate for single-mother families in 2017 was 34%, nearly five times more than the rate (6%) for married-couple families.
Among children living with mother only, 40% lived in poverty. In contrast, only 12% of children in two parent families were counted as poor.