An income below a certain threshold meets the federal guidelines for poverty and entitles a person or household for certain government programs.



(1) base income for 1 individual ($11,770 for 1 person in 2015)

(2) increment per person ($4,160 in 2015)

(3) number of people in the household


Separate tables are prepared for Hawaii and Alaska.


poverty threshold =

= (base income for 1 person) + ((number of people) * (increment))



• Income below the threshold indicates that the household meets criteria for poverty.

• Certain government programs multiply the threshold by a factor (1.25, 1.5, etc) to determine eligibility.


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