Cheyanne's Campsite---Where The Money Meets The Rubber of The Spirited Road in America Today: Mark Robert Rank, Social Scientist, discusses poverty in America in-depth........Dr. Rank points out some interesting realities. Contrary to popular belief, most Americans in poverty are white, and very few of the poor live in inner cities. By the age of 75, 58.5% of Americans will have spent some part of their life living below the poverty line. Statistically, if you are born poor in America, you are more likely to live and die poor than in almost any other developed country. It’s well understood that poor whites have been voting against their own economic self-interests for decades. Listen to the entire interview. It is well worth your time.