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Historical Poverty Tables - Poverty by Definition of Income (R&D) Table 1A

Year Average threshold for a family of four people1 CPI-U CPI-U-X12
2002 18,392 179.9 179.9
2001 18,104 177.1 177.1
2000 17,603 172.2 172.2
1999 17,029 166.6 166.6
1998 16,660 163.0 163.0
1997 16,400 160.5 160.5
1996 16,036 156.9 156.9
1995 15,569 152.4 152.4
1994 15,141 148.2 148.2
1993 14,763 144.5 144.5
1992 14,335 140.3 140.3
1991 13,924 136.2 136.2
1990 13,359 130.7 130.7
1989 12,674 124.0 124.0
1988 12,092 118.3 118.3
1987 11,611 113.6 113.6
1986 11,203 109.6 109.6
1985 10,989 107.6 107.6
1984 10,609 103.9 103.9
1983 10,178 99.6 99.6
1982 9,862 96.5 95.6
1981 9,287 90.9 90.1
1980 8,414 82.4 82.3
1979 7,412 72.6 74.0
1978 6,662 65.2 67.5
1977 6,191 60.6 63.2
1976 5,815 56.9 59.4
1975 5,500 53.8 56.2
1974 5,038 49.3 51.9
1973 4,540 44.4 47.2
1972 4,275 41.8 44.4
1971 4,137 40.5 43.1
1970 3,968 38.8 41.3
1969 3,743 36.7 39.4
1968 3,553 34.8 37.7
1967 3,410 33.4 36.3
1966 3,317 32.4 35.2
1965 3,223 31.5 34.2
1964 3,169 31.0 33.7
1963 3,128 30.6 33.3
1962 3,089 30.2 32.8
1961 3,054 29.9 32.5
1960 3,022 29.6 32.2
1959 2,973 29.1 31.6
1958 (NA) 28.9 31.4
1957 (NA) 28.1 30.5
1956 (NA) 27.2 29.6
1955 (NA) 26.8 29.1
1954 (NA) 26.9 29.2
1953 (NA) 26.7 29.0
1952 (NA) 26.5 28.8
1951 (NA) 26.0 28.3
1950 (NA) 24.1 26.2
1949 (NA) 23.8 25.9
1948 (NA) 24.1 26.2
1947 (NA) 22.3 24.2

Footnotes

  1. For years before 1981, average threshold for a nonfarm family of four is shown.
  2. Factors before 1967 are extrapolated.

(NA) - Not available


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division: Poverty |  Last Revised: September 16, 2014