Poverty and twice-poverty rates, 1959–2010

Note: The poverty rate is the share of the U.S. population with income below the official poverty line (where income is measured in terms of family income for persons in families and individual income otherwise) and the twice-poverty rate is the share with income below twice the official poverty line. Shaded areas denote recessions.

Source: Authors' analysis of Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement Historical Poverty Tables (Tables 2 and 5)

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