How well will you do?
1.The 2017 poverty level for a family of four is:
a. $15,930 or below
b. 24,300 or below
c. $32,570 or below Source: liheap.acf.hhs.gov
2. In 2015, the number and percentage of South Carolina residents who lived at or below the poverty level was:
a. 471,306 or 9.5%
b. 684,634 or 13.8%
c. 897,962 or 18.1% Source: wwwcensus.gov./quickfacts
3. Homelessness increased by what percentage in SC since 2010?
c. 43 Source: greenvillejournal.com/2015/11/27
4. The percentage and number of people ages 25+ in South Carolina with a high school diploma or higher are:
a. 76.6% or 3,800,217
b. 81.4% or 4,038,350
c. 86.7% or 4,301,290 Source:www.census.gov/quickfacts
5. What percentage of Greenville County residents travel in ways other than their own cars?
c. 21.1% Source: Piedmont Health Foundation Report, Dec. 2015
6. What percentage of people age 5+ in South Carolina speak a language other than English at home?
c. 21.4% Source: http://www.census.gov/quickfacts
7. Where did South Carolina rank in 2016 in the economic well-being of children? (1 is good, 50 is bad.)
c.37 Source: datacenter.kidscount.org
8. Based on Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines that no more than 30% of a household’s income should go toward rent/mortgage, a South Carolina worker earning minimum wage ($7.25 an hour) can afford rent of:
a.$377 a month
b.$402 a month
c.$539 a month
Source: National Low Income HousingCoalition/Out of Reach 2016
NOTE: The fair market rate (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment in South Carolina (2016) was $772
9. Using the HUD standard that no more than 30% of a household’s income should go toward rent, what is the hourly wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment in South Carolina at the FMR?
c.$17.01 Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition/Out of Reach 2016
10. For every 100 deeply low income households in South Carolina, how many housing units are affordable and available?
c. 19 Source: nlihc.org/Housing Spotlight
NOTE: Deeply low income (DLI) is defined as households with income at or below 15% of the Average Median Income AMI. In SC the AMI is $45,483.)
11.Which of the following items may be purchased with food stamps? (You may choose more than one answer.)
b. Comet cleanser
3. Fried chicken from the deli Source: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items
12. What is the average monthly payment which a typical Supplemental Security Income (SSI) individual receives in South Carolina?
c. $942 Source: http://www.ssa.gov
13. What percentage of South Carolinians experience food insecurity?
c. 27.3% Source: map.feedingamerica.org
NOTE: Food insecurity means: “Consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.”
14. The hourly self-sufficiency wage for a household of one adult and one preschooler in Greenville, SC, in 2016 was:
Source: The Self Sufficiency Standard for South Carolina2016 report
15. What was the percentage of children in South Carolina under 18 who were living in extreme poverty in 2015?
c. 17.9% Source: datacenter.kidscount.org
NOTE: Extreme poverty is defined as 50% or less of the poverty line.
16. The consequences of child poverty (15-22% depending on the study) in the US is a cost of $X a year in lower earnings, lost tax revenue, and other negative long term effects.
a. $1 billion
b. $250 billion
c. $500 billion Source: Foundation Center, websearch 7.29.13
17. How many states spent more per pupil than SC did in 2014?
c. 43 Source: http://www.governing.com/gov
18. In 2015, what percentage of babies were born to single mothers in South Carolina?
c. 46.4% Source: datacenter.kidscount.org
19.How is poverty measured?
a.Determine the amount of money needed to buy the lowest-cost nutritionally adequate diet identified by the United States Department of Agriculture and multiply by 3 and then account for the number of people in the household.
b.Estimate the amount of money needed to provide basic housing, clothing, food, and utilities adjusted by the consumer price index, and account for the number in the family. Source: USDA
20. As recent as 2000, Greenville had excess of low-cost rentals ($500 in today’s dollars). Today the city is short by:
Source: City of Greenville Balancing Prosperity and Housing Affordability in Greenville report fall 2016
NOTE: SC population in 2016= 4,961,119
Answers: 1b, 2b, 3b, 4c, 5c, 6a, 7c, 8a, 9a, 10c, 11none, 12a, 13b, 14c, 15a, 16c, 17b, 18c, 19a, 20c
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