Number of families living below the poverty line in the U.S. from 1990 to 2017 (in thousands)

Number of families in poverty in the U.S. from 1990 to 2017 This statistic shows the number of poor families in the U.S. from 1990 to 2017. In 1990, there were total 7,098 thousand poor families lived in the U.S. Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution is inability to afford basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter.
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Number of poor families in thousands
19907,098
19917,712
19928,144
19938,393
19948,053
19957,532
19967,708
19977,324
19987,186
19996,792
20006,400
20016,813
20027,229
20037,607
20047,835
20057,657
20067,668
20077,623
20088,147
20098,792
20109,400
20119,497
20129,520
20139,130
20149,467
20158,589
20168,081
20177,758
Number of poor families in thousands
19907,098
19917,712
19928,144
19938,393
19948,053
19957,532
19967,708
19977,324
19987,186
19996,792
20006,400
20016,813
20027,229
20037,607
20047,835
20057,657
20067,668
20077,623
20088,147
20098,792
20109,400
20119,497
20129,520
20139,130
20149,467
20158,589
20168,081
20177,758
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This statistic shows the number of poor families in the U.S. from 1990 to 2017. In 1990, there were total 7,098 thousand poor families lived in the U.S. Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution is inability to afford basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter.
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Release date
September 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
1990 to 2017
Supplementary notes
Families as of March of the following year.

The Census Bureau defines a family as follows: "A family is a group of two people or more (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together; all such people (including related subfamily members) are considered as members of one family."

Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution is inability to afford basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter.

Data prior to 2016 can be found here.

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