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Indicator 1: Decrease the percentage of individuals and families living in poverty

Measure a: Percent of Population Living Above the Poverty Line

Description:

Percent of Population Living Above the Poverty Line

This indicator is based on poverty rate estimates from the Current Population Survey, a joint project between the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Poverty rates indicate the proportion of the population living below an estimated poverty level.

The Census Bureau calculates income thresholds based on family size and composition. If a family's total income was less than the threshold, then that family was considered to be in poverty. For statistical purposes, the rates reported here represent 3-year averages (i.e. 2008 is an average of 2006, 2007, and 2008).

Percent of Population Living Above the Federal Poverty Level
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
87.9%
88.0%
88.8%
90.0%
90.8%
90.6%
89.6%
89.2%
88.6%
88.3%
88.6%
90.1%
90.5%
90.5%

Note:

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Source:

U.S. Census Bureau - Poverty Publications