"In general, increasing income levels correspond with gains in health and health outcomes, especially at the lower end of
the income scale. People in poverty have the worst health, compared to people at higher income levels. For example, compared
with their counterparts, poor adults are more likely to have chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, and poor
children are more likely to be in poor or fair health." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020:
A Better State of Health.
Percentage of Individuals Living in Poverty North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2009-2011
Following the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Statistical Policy Directive 14, the Census Bureau uses a set of money
income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who is in poverty. If a family's total income is less
than the family's threshold, then that family and every individual in it is considered in poverty. The official poverty thresholds
do not vary geographically, but they are updated for inflation using Consumer Price Index (CPI-U). The official poverty definition
uses money income before taxes and does not include capital gains or noncash benefits (such as public housing, Medicaid and
The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.
U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement