Number of families living below the poverty line in the U.S. from 1990 to 2018
(in 1,000s)
Number of families in poverty in the U.S. 1990-2018
This statistic shows the number of poor families in the U.S. from 1990 to 2018. In 2018, there was a total of 7.5 million poor families living in the United States. Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution is inability to afford basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing, and shelter.
Number of families living below the poverty line in the U.S. from 1990 to 2018
(in 1,000s)
Number of poor families in thousands
20187,504
20177,790
20168,081
20158,589
20149,467
20139,130
20129,520
20119,497
20109,400
20098,792
20088,147
20077,623
20067,668
20057,657
20047,835
20037,607
20027,229
20016,813
20006,400
19996,792
19987,186
19977,324
19967,708
19957,532
19948,053
19938,393
19928,144
19917,712
19907,098
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Sources

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Families as of March of the following year.

The Census Bureau defines a family as follows: "A family is a group of two people or more (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together; all such people (including related subfamily members) are considered as members of one family."

Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution is inability to afford basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter.

Data prior to 2017 can be found here.

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Number of families in poverty in the U.S. 1990-2018
This statistic shows the number of poor families in the U.S. from 1990 to 2018. In 2018, there was a total of 7.5 million poor families living in the United States. Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution is inability to afford basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing, and shelter.
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