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This report provides data on the demographic characteristics of people close to, but not below, official poverty thresholds from 1966 to 2012. The "near-poor" are people with family income between 100 and 125 percent of the poverty thresholds, allowing for a full examination of the low-income population. The statistics come from the Current Population Survey's Annual Social and Economic Supplement.
The report compares the near-poor to those living below the poverty level by characteristics including age, sex, race, family type, region, educational attainment, employment status and health insurance coverage. Since federal and state assistance programs are targeted to the low-income population — including those in near-poverty — the report also gives assistance program participation rates of the near-poor. Although the data presented in the report are primarily national-level, some state-level statistics are presented using three-year averages.
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Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/p60-248.pdf>
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