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Poverty Thresholds 1959

Income Thresholds at the Poverty Level in 1959 by Sex of Head, Size of Family, and Number of Related Children Under 18 Years Old, by Farm-Nonfarm Residence


Size of family unit Related children under 18 years
None One Two Three Four Five Six
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NONFARM
Male Head
One person (unrelated individual)              
   Under 65 years 1,572            
   65 years and over 1,412            
Two persons              
   Head under 65 years 1,965 2,201          
   Head under 65 years 1,764 2,201          
3 persons 2,288 2,362 2,496        
4 persons 3,016 3,061 2,955 3,105      
5 persons 3,640 3,683 3,565 3,476 3,550    
6 persons 4,175 4,189 4,100 4,011 3,892 3,952  
7 or more persons 5,258 5,303 5,199 5,109 4,991 4,812 4,769
Female Head
One person (unrelated individual)              
    Under 65 years 1,454            
    65 years and over 1,394            
Two persons              
    Head under 65 years 1,815 1,982          
    Head under 65 years 1,742 1,982          
3 persons 2,213 2,109 2,332        
4 persons 2,896 3,000 2,986 2,955      
5 persons 3,476 3,581 3,565 3,536 3,417    
6 persons 4,056 4,130 4,100 4,070 3,937 3,817  
7 or more persons 5,094 5,169 5,154 5,109 4,976 4,872 4,634

Source:U.S. Census Bureau

Note: To calculate the farm thresholds, multiply the nonfarm thresholds by a factor of .70 or .85. As a result of the deliberations of a federal interagency committee, in 1969 the farm poverty thresholds were raised from 70 to 85 percent of the corresponding nonfarm levels. In 1969 the Census Bureau published a revised historical poverty series to incorporate the change to 85 percent for all prior years. For a detailed explanation of the revised poverty definition see Current Population Reports, Series P-23, No. 28, "Revision in Poverty Statistics, 1959 to 1968 available at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/publications/p23-28.pdf.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division: Poverty |  Last Revised: August 04, 2014