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U.S. Census: Poor Americans don’t have it so bad

Being poor is a little more comfortable these days. According to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday, a majority of households falling below the federal “poverty” line nonetheless enjoy the convenience of air conditioners, clothes washers and dryers, televisions, computers, cellphones and other appliances.

According to the data, which was collected throughout 2011, the following percentages of American households below the “poverty” line owned the following appliances:

Clothes washer: 68.7 percent

Clothes dryer: 65.3 percent

Dish washer: 44.9 percent

Air conditioner: 83.4 percent

Television: 96.1 percent

Video recorder/DVR: 83.2 percent

Computer: 58.2 percent

Cell phone: 80.9 percent

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