poverty line

noun

Definition of poverty line

: a level of personal or family income below which one is classified as poor according to governmental standards

called also poverty level

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Seventeen states including Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin and Kansas have resisted ObamaCare’s not-so-grand bargain of expanding Medicaid eligibility to 133% of the poverty line in return for the feds funding 90% of the costs for new enrollees. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Battle of the Statehouses," 23 Oct. 2018 As a whole, 21 percent of Florida’s children lived below the poverty line in 2016, compared with 23 percent a year earlier and 25 percent in 2012. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida's kids see gains in economic well-being, but gaps persist for children of color," 27 June 2018 As these cases show, crossing the poverty line in either direction depends on countless details of circumstance. The Economist, "A warning on poverty from Peru," 10 May 2018 The same analysis showed that 2.7 million suburban Californians lived below the poverty line in 2016, compared with 1.9 million in major cities. Elaine Korry, Washington Post, "Upsurge Of Suburban Poor Discover Health Care’s Nowhere Land," 9 Feb. 2018 Since the coup in 2014, the number of people living under the poverty line has increased by around 20% to nearly six million. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thailand Probes Boat Sinking, With Billions of Chinese Tourist Dollars at Stake," 21 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, social programs and strong economic growth helped change the daily reality for millions: When da Silva was elected, 21.4 million people in the northeast were under the poverty line compared to 9.6 million in 2012. Washington Post, "With Brazil’s da Silva in jail, his region’s vote in doubt," 31 May 2018 Meanwhile, social programs and strong economic growth helped change the daily reality for millions: When da Silva was elected, 21.4 million people in the northeast were under the poverty line compared to 9.6 million in 2012. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, "With Brazil's da Silva in jail, his region's vote in doubt," 29 May 2018 In fact, according to a recent study by Mathias Bärtl, a professor at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, 96.5% of YouTubers don't make enough money off advertising to pop above the U.S. poverty line of $12,000 a year. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "YouTube's relationship with creators, the source of so much success, has been turbulent," 5 Apr. 2018

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1901, in the meaning defined above

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