Poverty Stastics -

1947 - presemt

Year
Poverty Rate
 
2011 (1)
15.0
.
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
15.1
14.3
13.2
12.5
12.3
 
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
12.6
12.7
12.5
12.1
11.7
 
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
11.3
11.9
12.7
13.3
13.7
 
1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
13.8
14.5
15.1
14.8
14.2
 
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
13.5
12.8
13.0
13.4
14.0
 
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
13.6
14.4
15.2
15.0
14.0
 
1980
1979
1978
1977
1976
13.0
11.7
11.4
11.6
11.8
 
1975
1974
1973
1972
1971
12.3
11.2
11.1
11.9
12.5
 
1970
1969
1968
1967
1966
12.6
12.1
12.8
14.2
14.7
 
1965
1964
1963
1962
1961
17.3
19.0
19.5
21.0
21.9
 
 
1960
1959
1958
1957
1956
22.2
22.4
24.3
23.8
23.4
 
 
 
 
 
1955
1954-1953
1952
1951
1950
1949
26.2
Not Available
29.3
30.2
32.2
34.3
 
.
Source:
For years 1949 to 2010 - The Cambridge Economic History of the United States: The twentieth century by Stanley L. Engerman, Robert E. Gallman

1. http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/about/overview/index.html