Poverty goes beyond a lack of money

Poverty affects people across multiple dimensions, and the disadvantages can stack up. If you’re Hispanic or black and have one disadvantage, you’re more likely than your white peers to have additional disadvantages.

Risk of having multiple disadvantages by race

Number of Disadvantages White to black Ratio White to Hispanic Ratio
1 2x 2x
2 2x 3x
3 3x 4x
4 4x 5x
5 5x 5x
Center on Children and Families at Brookings   Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings