1 - According to the Census Bureau, median household income dropped in 34 U.S. states in 2009, and the only state where median household income actually increased was in North Dakota.
2 - The Census Bureau data also revealed that of the 52 largest metro areas in America, only the city of San Antonio did not see a decline in median household income in 2009.
3 - 35 percent of all U.S. households now live on $35,000 or less.
4 - According to the Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans living below the poverty line is the highest it has been in 15 years.
5 - The number of Americans enrolled in the food stamp program passed the 41 million mark for the first time ever in June.
6 - The number of Americans in the food stamp program increased a staggering 55 percent from December 2007 to June 2010.
7 - One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one anti-poverty program run by the federal government.
8 - Nearly 10 million Americans now receive unemployment insurance, which is almost four times as many that were receiving it back in 2007.
9 - In 2009, U.S. consumer spending experienced the biggest decline since 1942.
10 - As millions of young Americans struggled just to survive, marriages fell to a record low in 2009. Today, only 52% of Americans 18 years or older are married.
11 - The only group that saw their household income increase in 2009 was those making $180,000 or more.
12- According to the Huffington Post, the gap between the richest and poorest Americans grew in 2009 to its largest margin ever....