Poverty rate in the United States in 2016, by education

Poverty rate in the U.S. by education 2016 This graph shows the poverty rate in the United States among all people in 2016, by education. In 2016, about 5.1 percent of the people with a Bachelor's degree were living below the poverty line in the United States.
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Percentage of population
Children under 1518.7%
Less than 9th grade22.9%
9th-12th grade, no diploma20.7%
High school diploma or equivalent13.6%
Some college, no Assoc. or 4-yr degree11.7%
Associate degree8.2%
Bachelor's degree5.1%
Master's degree4%
Professional degree (such as DDS or JD*)4.1%
Doctorate (such as PhD or EdD*)3.2%
Percentage of population
Children under 1518.7%
Less than 9th grade22.9%
9th-12th grade, no diploma20.7%
High school diploma or equivalent13.6%
Some college, no Assoc. or 4-yr degree11.7%
Associate degree8.2%
Bachelor's degree5.1%
Master's degree4%
Professional degree (such as DDS or JD*)4.1%
Doctorate (such as PhD or EdD*)3.2%
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This graph shows the poverty rate in the United States among all people in 2016, by education. In 2016, about 5.1 percent of the people with a Bachelor's degree were living below the poverty line in the United States.
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Release date
September 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016
Supplementary notes
* The abbrevation DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery, JD stands for Juris Doctor, PhD stands for Doctor of Philosophy, EdD stands for Doctor of Education.
The U.S. Census Bureau uses a set of dollar value thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who is in poverty. A person under 65 living alone is considered poor, if the annual income is less than 11,888 U.S. dollars. This threshold is calculated for 2013.

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