About the Poverty Data

These poverty data come from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Geographic Coverage

Geographic Coverage

  • United States
  • 50 states
Frequency

Frequency

Annual

Timespan

Time Span

1994 - forward

Definitions

  • Poverty rate: The percentage of people (or families) who are below poverty
  • Poverty thresholds: Dollar amounts the Census Bureau uses to determine a family's or person's poverty status.
  • Standard error: A measure of an estimate's variability. The greater the standard error in relation to the size of the estimate, the less reliable the estimate.
  • Unrelated individual: Unrelated individuals are people of any age who are not members of families or subfamilies

Important Data Notes

Not all variables are available for every year. If the data are not available, "N/A" will be displayed.

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