Data By Topic People & Society Poverty Poverty Measures

Percent of families in poverty

The poverty rate for families is the number of families that fall below the federal poverty line based on income thresholds that vary according to family size and composition. If the total income for the family is below the threshold, every individual in the family is considered poor. The definition of poverty is set at the federal level and does not vary based on geographic location. This can lead to undercounting in high cost-of-living areas.