poverty line

(noun) The minimum level of income determined per locality to remain above a state of poverty.

Example: According to the United States Department of Health & Human Services in 2013, the poverty line for an individual is $13,230 and for a family or household of four $27,090 (Source: 2013 Poverty Guidelines).

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: poverty lines
  • The term was popularized by Charles Booth (1840–1916).
  • Also called:
    • poverty level
    • poverty threshold

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