If you want to not live in poverty (which in America is a relative concept) get married and stay married.
|Below poverty level, 2008||Below poverty level, 2007|
|Male household, no wife||13.8 %||13.6 %|
|Female household, no husband||28.7 %||28.3 %|
|Married-couple||5.5 %||4.9 %|
|All families||10.3 %||9.8 %|
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released a new report, Income Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S., 2008. Above are the percentage of families living below the poverty level, by type of household.