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Poverty Thresholds 1961

Income Thresholds at the Poverty Level in 1961 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 1,612            
   65 years and over 1,447            
Two persons              
   Head under 65 years 2,015 2,258          
   Head under 65 years 1,810 2,258          
3 persons 2,346 2,423 2,560        
4 persons 3,094 3,140 3,032 3,185      
5 persons 3,733 3,780 3,658 3,566 3,642    
6 persons 4,283 4,298 4,206 4,114 3,992 4,054  
7 or more persons 5,394 5,441 5,334 5,242 5,121 4,937 4,893
Female Head
One person (unrelated individual)              
    Under 65 years 1,490            
    65 years and over 1,430            
Two persons              
    Head under 65 years 1,863 2,033          
    Head under 65 years 1,788 2,033          
3 persons 2,270 2,164 2,393        
4 persons 2,971 3,078 3,063 3,032      
5 persons 3,566 3,673 3,658 3,628 3,506    
6 persons 4,161 4,237 4,206 4,175 4,039 3,917  
7 or more persons 5,226 5,304 5,288 5,242 5,105 4,999 4,754

Source:U.S. Census Bureau

Note: The nonfarm thresholds are the result of applying the inflation factor of 97.7/113.6 (1961 CPI/1968 CPI) to the 1968 nonfarm thresholds. We used the CPI-U with 1963 as the base year, which can be found in the report "Characteristics of the Population Below the Poverty Level: 1979", P60, No. 130, Appendix A. 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: September 16, 2014