poverty line


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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In Massachusetts, four times as many Latinos live below the poverty line as do whites. Martha Bebinger, Washington Post, "Opioid Overdoses Are Rising Faster Among Latinos Than Whites Or Blacks. Why?," 22 May 2018 Of those, 75 percent lived below the federal poverty line and 70 percent were uninsured. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando nonprofit gets financing deal to build major new health clinic in Ivey Lane area," 29 June 2018 The program will make reduced-price MetroCards available to subway and bus riders living below the federal poverty line. Paul Berger, WSJ, "City Nears Deal on Half-Price MetroCards for Poorest New Yorkers," 8 June 2018 Under the terms of the deal, the city would fully subsidize the cost of providing half-price MetroCards to those below the federal poverty line — a household income of about $25,000 for a family of four. New York Times, "Leaders Poised to Provide Discounted MetroCards to Low-Income New Yorkers," 7 June 2018 Meanwhile, about a fifth of Orleans Parish families were below the federal poverty line in 2016, according to Census estimates. Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com, "As New Orleans grows, are we forgetting Algiers?," 6 June 2018 That number jumped to more than 50% this school year because of the state expanding the definition to include students who are Medicaid-eligible and living at the federal poverty line. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Food pantry inside Livonia school now helps families across the district," 19 Apr. 2018 Cristo Rey is the Sacramento parochial high school that provides a first-rate, and costly, eduction to kids living below the federal poverty line. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "She came to Sacramento to 'change the world. ' To her students, she did. | The Sacramento Bee," 19 Apr. 2018 According to their suit, the city is about 74% black; 32% of its black residents earn below the federal poverty line; and the average black resident earns about $16,000 a year. John Blake, CNN, "The Fight for $15 takes on the 'Jim Crow economy'," 13 Apr. 2018

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1901, in the meaning defined above

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