- $21,203 for a family of 4
- $16,539 for a family of 3
- $13,540 for a family of 2
- $10,590 for unrelated individuals
Annual income can include more than just one's salary, such as: unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, Social Security benefits, pension plan, etc. For a full list of what does and does not count when calculating the poverty threshold, visit the the US Census Bureau's website.
As the table to the left shows, even at the poverty line and with assistance (insurance, subsidies, food stamps, etc.), a family of four may not be able to meet all of their basic expenses, not to mention "extras" such as clothing, cleaning supplies, school supplies, birthday gifts, etc.
Expense estimates based on the USCCB's Tour Poverty USA, citing the February 2007 Consumer Expenditure Survey of the U.S. Department of Labor.