Poverty rates in OECD countries 2021

Poverty rates in OECD countries as of 2021

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Release date

October 2022


United States

Survey time period

2021 or latest available

Supplementary notes

OECD database accessed on February 9, 2021
*2020 data
**2019 data
***2018 data
. ****Provisional data 2020
*****Provisional data 2019.
******Provisional data 2021.

The poverty rate is the ratio of the number of people whose income falls below the poverty line and the total population; the poverty line is here taken as half the median household income.
Income is defined as household disposable income in a particular year. It consists of earnings, self-employment and capital income and public cash transfers; income taxes and social security contributions paid by households are deducted. The income of the household is attributed to each of its members, with an adjustment to reflect differences in needs for households of different sizes.

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