Americans in Poverty

The United States determines the poverty rate by using a threshold that represents the minimum amount of cash income required to support families of various sizes. In 2015, the threshold for a single individual under 65 years old was $12,331. For two adults with two children, the threshold was $24,036. In 2014, 14.8 percent of all U.S. citizens lived in poverty.

The poverty rate above masks considerable variation between racial and ethnic backgrounds. Rates for blacks and hispanics far exceed the national average with 26.2 percent of blacks and 23.6 percent of Hispanics in poverty compared to 10.1 percent of non-Hispanic whites and 12 percent of Asians.

Poverty rates are highest for families headed by single women, especially if they were black or hispanic. In 2014, 30.6 percent of households headed by single women were poor, as compared to 15.7 percent of households headed by single men.

U.S. children represent a disproportionate share of poverty in this country, making up 33.3 percent of the poor while only making up only 23.1 total population. (All data from University of Michigan National Poverty Center)

This page will track Trump’s statements, policies, and actions as they relate to Americans in poverty.