Basic information and Statistics
Poverty defined: The official poverty definition from the U.S. Census Bureau uses money income before taxes and does not include capital gains or non-cash benefits (such as public housing, Medicaid, and food stamps). If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold, then that family and every individual in it is considered in poverty.
Poverty thresholds : Dollar amounts the Census Bureau uses to determine a family's or person's poverty status.
" Following the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Statistical Policy Directive 14, the Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who is in poverty. The official poverty thresholds do not vary geographically, but they are updated for inflation using Consumer Price Index (CPI-U)." (Poverty Definitions, 2011)
Poverty Thresholds for 2012 by Size of Family and Number of Related Children Under 18 Years
HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2010 AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 2010
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