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Data for Percentage of Individuals Living in Poverty North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2009-2011

North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Percentage of Persons Lower Limit Upper Limit
North Carolina 2009 16.9% 16.0% 17.8%
North Carolina 2010 17.4% 16.4% 18.4%
North Carolina 2011 15.4% 13.1% 17.7%
HNC 2020 Target 2009 12.5%
HNC 2020 Target 2010 12.5%
HNC 2020 Target 2011 12.5%

Data Notes

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 food stamps).  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement 

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The percentage of persons living in households whose income is at or below the federal poverty level.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of individuals living in poverty
Denominator: Total population

Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 11/30/2012

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