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The number of people living in poverty in the United States is unacceptably high. 43.6 million people, or approximately 14% of the total population of the country live below the poverty line. Higher than usual unemployment, underemployment and growing wage inequality continue to plague the country. Many families that make up the working poor, technically living above the poverty line, and yet struggle to make ends meet, and to afford adequate food, education or health care benefits for their families.

In addition to neglected urban areas, there are other forgotten pockets of America where poverty flourishes. Regionally, the South is the poorest area in the United States. Appalachia and the states of Arkansas and Mississippi have poverty rates higher than the national average. The remotely located reservations of Native Americans severly stifle the economic viability of those communities and their access to quality basic services.

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USA Tornado & Flood Disaster Relief

USA Tornado & Flood Disaster Relief - Zakat Foundation of America | Zakat Calculator | Muslim Charity | Muslim Aid

Deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms ripped through the Southern United States in late April 2011, devastating dozens of cities and killing hundreds of people across five states. Zakat Foundation of America launches its USA Tornado & Flood Disaster Relief to alleviate the suffering and loss affecting those in Alabama as well as other states experiencing severe weather. continue reading »

Zakat Foundation of America, a Muslim charity that collects zakat, sadaqa / donations to provide humanitarian, emergency relief and sustainable development programs to empower lives throughout the world. We offer top Zakat resources including The Zakat Handbook: A Practical Guide for Muslims in the West, Zakat kit, ask an Imam feature, and you can calculate and pay zakat through our easy, online calculator.

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Vital Stats

Population: 310,232,863
Infant Mortality Rate: 6.14 deaths / 1,000 births
Life Expectancy: 78 years
Major Diseases: No significant risks
Religions: Protestant - 51.3%
Catholic - 23.9%
other Christian - 2.5%
Jewish/Mormon - under 2% each
Buddhist/Muslim - under 0.7% each
unaffiliated - 12.1%
none - 4%
Literacy Rate: 99 %
Unemployment Rate: 10 %
Poverty Rate: 13 %
Natural Hazards: Tsunamis, seismic activity along Pacific Basin; hurricanes along Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastlines; tornadoes in Midwest and southeast; mud slides in California; forest fires in the west; flooding; permafrost in northern Alaska (major impediment to development)