nature of poverty in the developed world differs greatly from that in the developing world. In developed countries, the majority
of people commonly earn over 200 times the per capita (per person) income of the poorest developing countries. For
this reason, developed nations usually measure the income level of poverty as a portion of average income or as an amount
below which a person or family cannot afford basic needs, including housing. For people with low or no income, poverty often
takes the form of homelessness; those in less extreme poverty often live in substandard and sometimes dangerous housing. Many
of the poor in developed countries are also exposed to high levels of violence associated with drug dealing, spouse or child
abuse, and other crime.
From MSN ENCARTA