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

Examples of poverty line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Government assistance in response to the pandemic kept 53 million people above the poverty line in 2020, according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis of Census Bureau data. NBC News, 3 Dec. 2021 But, like much of the region, Chile is also confronting corrosive levels of inequality, and too many people hovering just above the poverty line. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 The first Child Tax Credit payment alone lifted 3 million children above the poverty line from June to July, according to a Columbia University study. Sarah Donaldson, ABC News, 26 Oct. 2021 As a result, more than one in five working households — about 20,000 — in Hamilton County who earn income above the poverty line still struggle paycheck-to-paycheck, according the Noblesville Housing Authority. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Aug. 2021 This tax credit, which is funded for one year and will expire if Congress doesn’t extend it, could lift millions of children above the poverty line, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Abby Vesoulis, Time, 29 June 2021 If a household’s income is below 125 percent of the poverty line — just over $33,000 for a family of four — their entire bill would be waived. Diego Mendoza-moyers, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Oct. 2021 Lower-income families would still be entitled to more help: Those earning from 100% to 150% of the poverty line ($26,500 to $39,750 for a family of four) went from a maximum premium of 4.14% of income to a zero premium, for instance. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Previously, only people making less than 400 percent of the poverty line — about $106,000 for a family of four — were eligible. Sally Pipes, National Review, 5 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of poverty line

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of poverty line was in 1901

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6 Dec 2021

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“Poverty line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poverty%20line. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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