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SOC SCI 120 - Responses to Poverty

Understanding US Poverty Data

The US measures the poverty rate using the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC). 

The official poverty rate in 2018 was 11.8 percent, down 0.5 percentage points from 12.3 percent in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Poverty thresholds are the income dollar amounts used by the U.S. Census Bureau to determine a household’s poverty status.

Sources for US Poverty Data

Sources for Data about Poverty-Related Issues

Sources for Global Poverty Data

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