Poverty rate for families in the U.S. from 1990 to 2018
Poverty rate for families in the U.S. 1990-2018
This statistic shows the poverty rate for families in the U.S. from 1990 to 2018. In 2018, nine percent of the families in the U.S. lived in poverty.
Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution is inability to afford basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing, and shelter.
Poverty rate for families in the U.S. from 1990 to 2018
Poverty rate
20189%
20179.3%
20169.8%
201510.4%
201411.6%
201311.2%
201211.8%
201111.8%
201011.8%
200911.1%
200810.3%
20079.8%
20069.8%
20059.9%
200410.2%
200310%
20029.6%
20019.2%
20008.7%
19999.3%
199810%
199710.3%
199611%
199510.8%
199411.6%
199312.3%
199211.9%
199111.5%
199010.7%
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Sources

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Families as of March of the following year.

The Census Bureau defines a family as follows: "A family is a group of two people or more (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together; all such people (including related subfamily members) are considered as members of one family."

Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution is inability to afford basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter.
Further information regarding the poverty threshold can be accessed here

Data prior to 2017 can be found here.

Poverty rate for families in the U.S. 1990-2018
This statistic shows the poverty rate for families in the U.S. from 1990 to 2018. In 2018, nine percent of the families in the U.S. lived in poverty.
Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution is inability to afford basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing, and shelter.
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