Almost 30 percent of poor families were in “deep poverty” in 2016, with incomes less than half of the federal poverty threshold. The threshold that year for a family of four was $24,300. Percentages do not total 100 because of rounding.

Source: Kristen Bialik, “Americans deepest in poverty lost more ground in 2016,” Pew Research Center, Oct. 6, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/ybkqckmw

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Amount Below Poverty Threshold Percentage of Families
$15,000 or more 28%
$12,500–$14,999 10%
$10,000–$12,499 9%
$7,500–$9,999 10%
$5,000–$7,499 14%
$2,500–$4,999 15%
$1,000–$2,499 8%
Less than $1,000 5%

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