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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Over 85 percent of students in the Los Angeles Unified School District live near or below the poverty line, and only 80 percent of the district's students graduate from high school. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Bid on Lunch with Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mellody Hobson, Norman Lear and Help High School Students Graduate," 4 Oct. 2018 Medicaid eligibility was tied to eligibility for Aid to Families with Dependent Children (as welfare was called before 1996), and in most states, that meant only families well below the poverty line. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Why did Bernie Sanders’s Stop BEZOS legislation draw so much resistance?," 18 Sep. 2018 By 2012, more than 1 in 7 Americans — a staggering 46.5 million people — were living below the poverty line. Jim Puzzanghera, The Seattle Times, "A decade after the financial crisis, many Americans are still struggling to recover," 10 Sep. 2018 Changes to the subsidy came as a result of FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s continued work to scale back the commission’s Lifeline program, which offers subsidies to help people near or below the poverty line get phone or internet service. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Court halts FCC plan to revoke low-income internet subsidies on tribal lands," 13 Aug. 2018 The reliance on child support payments is even more dire for those living below 50 percent of the federal poverty line. Stephen Magagnini, sacbee, "Can California make a French dad pay for his kid? The test case is here | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of poverty line

1901, in the meaning defined above

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