A remark on the US official poverty line


“We draw a poverty line, a specific dollar amount. And unfortunately, that means that someone who has just $1 of income more than that is called ‘not poor.’ There are a lot of people who are just above the official poverty line who are still really struggling.”Robert Moffitt, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics, on the U.S. Census Bureau’s report this month that 11.6% of the U.S. population was living in poverty in 2021. Marketplace.org, September 15, 2022