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The poverty rate for the United States as a whole was 15.8% in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. The child poverty rate is 22.2%.

Poverty rate for men: 14.5%

Poverty rate for women: 17.1%

The poverty rate has increased steadily between 2005 and 2013.  The 2013 rate is statistically unchanged from 2012.

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
13.3 13.3 13.0 13.2 14.3 15.3 15.9 15.9 15.8

The poverty rate varies widely by race

  • White: 13.0%
  • Black: 27.6%
  • American Indian: 28.9%
  • Latino: 24.8%

Seven percent of people live at 50% of the poverty rate (meaning they make less than half of what the federal government defines as poor).

One in four Americans makes less than 150% of poverty--a group that is often defined as the "near-poor."

Over a third of Americans makes less than 200% of poverty. This is the range generally considered necessary to get by.

Median household income, like poverty, looks very different depending on race

  • White: $55,867
  • Black: $34,815
  • American Indian: $36,641
  • Asian: $72,472
  • Hispanic: $41,508
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