As America reflects on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of an “unconditional war on poverty,” census data show just how much of an impact his arsenal of federal programs has had on Tri-State residents.
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As America reflects on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's declaration of an "unconditional war on poverty," census data show just how much of an impact his arsenal of new federal programs has had on Tri-State residents.
In 1960, before initiatives such as Medicare, food stamps and the Head Start program for preschoolers, poverty rates in the Tri-State ranged from about 13 percent in Butler County, Ohio, to nearly 47 percent in neighboring Adams County.
Nationwide, nearly 1 in 5 Americans was living below the poverty line at the time.
While the war is far from over, the range of poverty rates is much lower today in the area and across the nation.
The chart below shows poverty rates over time for Tri-State counties.