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October 2012, Volume 18, Number 4

Number in Poverty and Poverty Rate: 1959-2011

Some 46.2 million people, 15 percent of US residents, had incomes below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four in 2011, down from 15.1 percent in 2010. The poverty rate reached its lowest levels in the past two decades during the late 1990s economic boom.

Number in Poverty and Poverty Rate: 1959-2011