Census Shows 1 in 2 People Are Poor Or Low-Income

WASHINGTON (AP) - Census figures show the middle class is shrinking and the number of people considered low income is growing.

The low-income threshold is roughly $45,000 a year for a family of four.

But Robert Rector, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, says that figure means safety-net programs are helping Americans who have decent-sized homes, drive cars and own wide-screen TVs.