We can become data literate and seek the answers we need. As an analyst, if I am asked to discuss poverty for example, this requires a longer, deeper and often existential conversation.
We have advanced in our understanding of the complexity of poverty. Not unlike how we talk about health and social correlates of health, poverty is not simply one thing. When we analyze a numerical variable and consider those values as representative of our analyses we are being short-sighted. The categorical variables need to be included as well.
"...deprivation comes in many forms and use a new multi-dimensional measure that not
only considers income but also education, electricity, water and sanitation"--New ways of looking at poverty
A simple tool within US Census called Abacus will let you examine 2 variables at the US or state level over a specific time on your mobile device!
You can observe below how the expanded Household-Economic Characteristics contribute additional granularity to discussions of poverty--beyond a simple calculation that allocates a household either above or below an arbitrary income cut-off.