How many people are poor?
What is the current poverty rate?
In 2012, 46.2 million people in the United States lived in poverty. The nation’s official poverty rate was 15.0%.
This marked the second consecutive year that neither the official poverty rate nor the number of people in poverty were statistically different from the previous year’s estimates.
U.S. Census Bureau. Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012 (News Release CB13-R-165). Issued September 17, 2013. Accessed 9/17/2013
DeNavas-Walt, Carmen, Bernadette D. Proctor, and Jessica C. Smith, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012 U.S. Census Bureau. Current Population Reports P60-245, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2013.
Figure 4. Number in Poverty and Poverty Rate: 1959 to 2012 (PDF) Accessed 9/17/2013