December 14, 2011

How Much Is the Poverty Line?

The poverty line is defined by the federal government.   It changes year to year and gradually goes up over time.   The poverty line depends on the number of people in the family.  It is the responsibility of the Dept. of Health and Human Services to publish the poverty rate.  I found the 2011 figures at their website.

The numbers are :

The 2011 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia
Persons in family Poverty guideline
1 $10,890
2 14,710
3 18,530
4 22,350
5 26,170
6 29,990
7 33,810
8 37,630
For families with more than 8 persons, add $3,820 for each additional person.

The poverty line is a bit more for Alaska and Hawaii.


  1. $11K for an individual is a good cut off. It's a little different for us. A person can live in poverty here and still make around $20K a year. With social assistance and so many tax credits for the poor, I find it hard for anyone with a job to make less than that. I like your poverty line better. People should be encouraged to pay their own way in life for a sustainable society. Only those who are really poor should receive help.

  2. Great post ! This is the information I was looking for.


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