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Prior HHS Poverty Guidelines
and Federal Register References

Poverty guidelines since 1982 for the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia can be calculated by addition using the figures shown below.  (This simple calculation procedure gives correct guideline figures for each year, but it is not identical to the procedure by which the poverty guidelines are calculated from the poverty thresholds each year; see an example calculation.)  Before 1982, the poverty guidelines were issued by the Office of Economic Opportunity/Community Services Administration.

NOTE: The poverty guideline figures below are NOT the figures the Census Bureau uses to calculate the number of poor persons.
The figures that the Census Bureau uses are the poverty thresholds.

HHS Poverty Guidelines
Year First
Person
Each
Additional
Person
(Four-Person
Family)
Page with
Complete Details
2014 $11,670 $4,060 ( 23,850) 2014 Guidelines
2013 $11,490 $4,020 ( 23,550) 2013 Guidelines
2012 $11,170 $3,960 ( 23,050) 2012 Guidelines
2011 10,890 3,820 ( 22,350) 2011 Guidelines
2010 10,830 3,740 ( 22,050) Guidelines for Remainder of 2010

Extension of 2009 Guidelines Until at Least 5/31/2010
2009 10,830 3,740 ( 22,050) 2009 Guidelines
2008 10,400 3,600 ( 21,200) 2008 Guidelines
2007 10,210 3,480 ( 20,650) 2007 Guidelines
2006 9,800 3,400 ( 20,000) 2006 Guidelines
2005 9,570 3,260 ( 19,350) 2005 Guidelines
2004 9,310 3,180 ( 18,850) 2004 Guidelines
2003 8,980 3,140 ( 18,400) 2003 Guidelines
2002 8,860 3,080 ( 18,100) 2002 Guidelines
2001 8,590 3,020 ( 17,650) 2001 Guidelines
2000 8,350 2,900 ( 17,050) 2000 Guidelines
1999 8,240 2,820 ( 16,700) 1999 Guidelines
1998 8,050 2,800 ( 16,450) 1998 Guidelines
1997 7,890 2,720 ( 16,050) 1997 Guidelines
1996 7,740 2,620 ( 15,600) 1996 Guidelines
1995 7,470 2,560 ( 15,150)  
1994 7,360 2,480 ( 14,800)  
1993 6,970 2,460 ( 14,350)  
1992 6,810 2,380 ( 13,950)  
1991 6,620 2,260 ( 13,400)  
1990 6,280 2,140 ( 12,700)  
1989 5,980 2,040 ( 12,100)  
1988 5,770 1,960 ( 11,650)  
1987 5,500 1,900 ( 11,200)  
1986 5,360 1,880 ( 11,000)  
1985 5,250 1,800 ( 10,650)  
1984 4,980 1,740 ( 10,200)  
1983 4,860 1,680 ( 9,900)  
1982* 4,680 1,540 ( 9,300)  
*  Figures for nonfarm families only.

For a table showing the poverty guidelines for all family sizes back to 1965, see Table 3.E8 in the most recent Annual Statistical Supplement of the Social Security Bulletin.


Poverty guidelines for the years shown above can be found in the Federal Register as follows:

2014 — Vol. 79, No. 14, January 22, 2014, pp. 3593-3594 2013 — Vol. 78, No. 16, January 24, 2013, pp. 5182-5183
2012 — Vol. 77, No. 17, January 26, 2012, pp. 4034-4035
2011 — Vol. 76, No. 13, January 20, 2011, pp. 3637-3638

2010 (Delayed update) — Vol. 75, No. 148, August 3, 2010, pp. 45628-45629
(Extension of the 2009 poverty guidelines until at least March 1, 2010)1/ — Vol. 75, No. 14, January 22, 2010, pp. 3734-3735
2009 — Vol. 74, No. 14, January 23, 2009, pp. 4199-4201
2008 — Vol. 73, No. 15, January 23, 2008, pp. 3971-3972
2007 — Vol. 72, No. 15, January 24, 2007, pp. 3147-3148
2006 — Vol. 71, No. 15, January 24, 2006, pp. 3848-3849

2005 — Vol. 70, No. 33, February 18, 2005, pp. 8373-8375
2004 — Vol. 69, No. 30, February 13, 2004, pp. 7336-7338
2003 — Vol. 68, No. 26, February 7, 2003, pp. 6456-6458
2002 — Vol. 67, No. 31, February 14, 2002, pp. 6931-6933
2001 — Vol. 66, No. 33, February 16, 2001, pp. 10695-10697

2000 — Vol. 65, No. 31, February 15, 2000, pp. 7555-7557
1999 — Vol. 64, No. 52, March 18, 1999, pp. 13428-13430
1998 — Vol. 63, No. 36, February 24, 1998, pp. 9235-9238
1997 — Vol. 62, No. 46, March 10, 1997, pp. 10856-10859
1996 — Vol. 61, No. 43, March 4, 1996, pp. 8286-8288

1995 — Vol. 60, No. 27, February 9, 1995, pp. 7772-7774
1994 — Vol. 59, No. 28, February 10, 1994, pp. 6277-6278
1993 — Vol. 58, No. 28, February 12, 1993, pp. 8287-8289
1992 — Vol. 57, No. 31, February 14, 1992, pp. 5455-5457
1991 — Vol. 56, No. 34, February 20, 1991, pp. 6589-6861

1990 — Vol. 55, No. 33, February 16, 1990, pp. 5664-5666
1989 — Vol. 54, No. 31, February 16, 1989, pp. 7097-7098
1988 — Vol. 53, No. 29, February 12, 1988, pp. 4213-4214
1987 — Vol. 52, No. 34, February 20, 1987, pp. 5340-5341
1986 — Vol. 51, No. 28, February 11, 1986, pp. 5105-5106

1985 — Vol. 50, No. 46, March 8, 1985, pp. 9517-95182/
1984 — Vol. 49, No. 39, February 27, 1984, pp. 7151-7152
1983 — Vol. 48, No. 34, February 17, 1983, pp. 7010-7011
1982 — Vol. 47, No. 69, April 9, 1982, pp. 15417-15418

1.  The Congress subsequently extended the 2009 guidelines until at least March 31 and then until at least May 31, 2010. HHS reported those extensions on the Poverty Guidelines web site.

2.  For a correction of a typographical error in one figure for Hawaii for 1985, see Federal Register, Vol. 50, No. 50, March 14, 1985, p. 10319.