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7 things Americans can be grateful for on Thanksgiving

It’s been a tough year in some regards for the United States, from a divisive election campaign to the Orlando mass shooting. But there have also been numerous points of progress.

Seven-month-old Amy Zayas waits in line with other impoverished children and their families to receive free back-to-school supplies from the Fred Jordan Mission on Skid Row in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 6, 2016.
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1. The number of families in poverty decreased

In 2015, the poverty rate for US families was 10.4 percent, the lowest level since 2008.

And the national poverty rate fell for every age bracket, though significant numbers still live in poverty: 19.7 percent of Americans under the age of 18, 12.4 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 64, and 8.8 percent of Americans over 64.

Of all races and age groups, the poverty rate of black Americans under the age of 18 decreased the most in 2015, from 36 to 31.6 percent.

The poverty rate also dropped in every part of the country, including the West, South, Northeast, and Midwest.

Source: US Census
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