Poverty Risk Calculator

How it Works

1

Select a time period for predicting your future risk of poverty.

2

Select a level of poverty you wish to predict.

3

Select your race, educational level, gender, marital status, and age.

Submit several different profiles for comparison.

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For additional information about the Poverty Risk Calculator click here.

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Please select a time period for predicting your future risk of poverty:
Next 5 Years
Next 10 Years
Next 15 Years
Please select a level of poverty you wish to predict:
Near Poverty
Poverty
Extreme Poverty

Definitions*

Near Poverty

Falling below 150 percent of the official poverty threshold. In 2015, this was falling below an annual income of approximately $36,000 for a family of four.

Poverty

Falling below the official poverty threshold. In 2015, this was falling below an annual income of approximately $24,000 for a family of four.

Extreme Poverty

Falling below 50 percent of the official poverty threshold. In 2015, this was falling below an annual income of approximately $12,000 for a family of four.

*Cumulative poverty risk computed using longitudinal methods applied to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (https://psidonline.isr.umich.edu), To see the poverty thresholds for other family sizes, go to (http://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/income-poverty/historical-poverty-thresholds.html).

Please select one from each of the following:
Race
White
Non-White
Educational Level
Beyond High School
High School or Less
Gender
Male
Female
Marital Status
Married
Not Married
Age
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74

(You may compare up to five profiles.)

(You may compare up to three profiles.)

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Background

These five characteristics (above) are among the most important in terms of differentiating people’s risk of poverty.

Those who are nonwhite, have less education, are female, not married, and are younger or older, have an increased probability of experiencing poverty in the future.

The risk calculator will estimate your chances of living at least one year in poverty based upon your responses to these background questions.

In addition, you can observe how the risk of poverty will increase or decrease depending on changes that you make in these selections.

You may also change the time frame and level of poverty on the next page.

How It Works

  • 1
    Select a time period for predicting
    your future risk of poverty (at left).
  • 2
    Select a level of poverty you wish
    to predict.
  • 3
    Select your race, educational level,
    gender, marital status, and age.
  •  
    Submit several different profiles
    for comparison.

    For additional information about the Poverty Risk Calculator click here.

Definitions*

Near Poverty

Falling below 150 percent of the official poverty threshold. In 2015, this was falling below an annual income of approximately $36,000 for a family of four.

Poverty

Falling below the official poverty threshold. In 2015, this was falling below an annual income of approximately $24,000 for a family of four.

Extreme Poverty

Falling below 50 percent of the official poverty threshold. In 2015, this was falling below an annual income of approximately $12,000 for a family of four.

*Cumulative poverty risk computed using longitudinal methods applied to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (https://psidonline.isr.umich.edu), To see the poverty thresholds for other family sizes, go to (http://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/income-poverty/historical-poverty-thresholds.html).

These five characteristics (on the left) are among the most important in terms of differentiating people’s risk of poverty.

Those who are nonwhite, have less education, are female, not married, and are younger or older, have an increased probability of experiencing poverty in the future.

The risk calculator will estimate your chances of living at least one year in poverty based upon your responses to these background questions.

In addition, you can observe how the risk of poverty will increase or decrease depending on changes you make in these selections.

You may also change the time frame and level of poverty on the next page.