Number of people living below the poverty line U.S. 1990-2018

This statistic shows the number of people living below the poverty line in the United States from 1990 to 2018. In 2018, about 38.15 million people were living below the poverty line in the United States.

Number of people living below the poverty line in the United States from 1990 to 2018

Number of poor people in millions
201838.15
201739.7
201640.62
201543.12
201446.66
201345.32
201246.5
201146.25
201046.34
200943.57
200839.83
200737.28
200636.46
200536.95
200437.04
200335.86
200234.57
200132.91
200031.58
199932.79
199834.48
199735.57
199636.53
199536.43
199438.06
199339.27
199238.01
199135.71
199033.59
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Source

Release date

August 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

The U.S. Census Bureau uses a set of dollar value thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who is in poverty. A person under 65 living alone is considered poor, if the annual income is less than 11,945 U.S. dollars. This threshold is calculated for 2012.

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