the poverty line


: the level of income that makes it possible for a person to pay for basic food, clothing, and shelter
families living below/at the poverty line

Examples of the poverty line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But 17% of French farming households live below the poverty line, with some earning just €500 ($541) per month. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 The economy is in recession and more than 40% of Argentines live below the poverty line. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2024 In 2022, there were 163,000 older immigrants living at or below the poverty line, a 37 percent increase from a decade earlier, according to the center. Jeffrey E. Singer, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2024 The health system and other essential services have collapsed, and more than half of all Afghans live below the poverty line amid acute levels of food insecurity. Aqil Shah, Foreign Affairs, 9 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, living standards have risen across Russia, and the percentage of Russians living below the poverty line has dropped to 9.8 percent, the lowest since 1992. Alexandra Prokopenko, Foreign Affairs, 8 Jan. 2024 In July, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp launched a limited expansion offering coverage to able-bodied adults earning up to the poverty line — $14,580 for an individual or $24,860 for a family of three. Jeff Amy, Fortune Well, 4 Jan. 2024 South Bronx residents, nearly a third of whom live below the poverty line, experience some of the highest rates of death and disease from asthma in the city, and likely the entire country. Geoff Dembicki, The New Republic, 2 Aug. 2023 Adults with a family income below 100% of the poverty line had the highest percentage of ME/CFS, followed by those at 100–199% and those at or above 200%. Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 14 Dec. 2023 See More

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“The poverty line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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