How to Avoid Poverty

If you want to avoid poverty and join the middle class in the United States, you need to do three things:

(1)   Complete high school (at a minimum),

(2)   work full time and

(3)   marry before you have children.

If you do all three, your chances of being poor fall from 12 percent to 2 percent, and your chances of joining the middle class or above rise from 56 to 74 percent.

Source: Isabel V. Sawhill and Ron Haskins, “Five Myths About Our Land of Opportunity,” Brookings Institute, November 1, 2009.

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I am clinical psychologist and academic coach with more than twenty years of psychotherapy, academic coaching, and training experience. I operate from my base camp in the Chesapeake Bay Country of Tidewater Virginia. I have a long-term interest in the relationship among public policy, education, mental health, poverty, and change language.
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