What are the poverty thresholds today?
from the Census Bureau
Poverty thresholds are the dollar amounts used by the U.S. Census Bureau to determine poverty status. The most recent thresholds issued are for 2014.
Each person or family is assigned one out of 48 possible poverty thresholds. Thresholds vary according to the size of the family and the ages of the members, and they are updated annually for inflation using the Consumer Price Index U.S. City Average.
Some 2014 poverty thresholds were
- $12,316 for a single individual under age 65
- $14,309 a household of two people with a householder 65 years or older
- $24,008 for a family of four with two children under age 18
U.S. Census Bureau, How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty, (HTML) Accessed 7/9/2013
U.S. Census Bureau, Poverty Thresholds by Size of Family and Number of Children (XLS) Accessed 9/16/2015