Comparing Poverty Rates under the Official Census Poverty Measure and the Supplemental Poverty Measure

Scroll over the map to compare poverty rates under the official Census poverty measure and the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which takes into account health care and housing costs among other factors. This interactive is a companion to the November 2018 issue brief How Many Seniors Are Living in Poverty?

Below 100% of the poverty threshold

Below 200% of the poverty threshold


NOTE: US average poverty rates are for 2017; poverty rates by state are averaged across three years (2015-2017).
DATA SOURCE: Current Population Survey, 2016-2018 Annual Social and Economic Supplement