United States - number of poor married-couple families 1990-2018

This statistic shows a timeline for the number of married-couple families in the U.S. who live below the poverty level from 1990 to 2018. In 2018, 2.93 million married-couple families in the U.S. lived below the poverty level.
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 married-couple families in the U.S. who live below the poverty level from 1990 to 2018

Number of poor married-couple families in thousands
20182,938
20172,933
20163,096
20153,245
20143,735
20133,476
20123,705
20113,652
20103,681
20093,409
20083,261
20072,849
20062,910
20052,944
20043,216
20033,115
20023,052
20012,760
20002,637
19992,748
19982,879
19972,821
19963,010
19952,982
19943,272
19933,481
19923,385
19913,158
19902,981
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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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