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 Between 2011 and 2021, the share of South Bronx households below the federal poverty line declined from about 39.7% to 36.3%, according to a New York State Comptroller report on the South Bronx economy, while major expenses, like housing, have been rising disproportionately. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 29 June 2024 Repayments were slated to be cut from 10% to 5% of discretionary income above 225% of the federal poverty line. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 25 June 2024 That means that 225% of the federal poverty line for a one-person household is $33,885. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 26 May 2024 While the income requirements differ by state, households typically qualify for SNAP benefits if their total income is at or below 130% of the federal poverty line and if their net income after deductions is at or below the federal poverty line. Simmone Shah, TIME, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for poverty line 

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poverty line was in 1901

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“Poverty line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poverty%20line. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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