2020 Poverty Guidelines Computations

01/21/2020

Computations for the 2020 Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia

(1)
Persons in family or household
(2)
Poverty thresholds for 2018 — published Sep. 2019a
(3)
Column 2 multiplied by 1.0181 inflation factorb
(4)
Difference between successive Column 3 entries
(5)
Average difference in Column 4c

(6)
January 2019 poverty guidelines

(7)
January 2020 poverty guidelines

1

$12,784 $13,016   Nearest $20 $12,490 $12,760
2 $16,247 $16,541 $3,526 $4,480 $16,910 $17,240
3 $19,985 $20,347 $3,806 $4,480 $21,330 $21,720
4 $25,701 $26,167 $5,820 $4,480 $25,750 $26,200
5 $30,459 $31,011 $4,844 $4,480 $30,170 $30,680
6 $34,533 $35,159 $4,148 $4,480 $34,590 $35,160
7 $39,194 $39,904 $4,475 $4,480 $39,010 $39,640
8 $43,602 $44,392 $4,488 $4,480 $43,430 $44,120

Notes:

aColumn 2 entries are weighted average poverty thresholds from U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2019, Current Population Reports, Series P60-266. Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, September 2019, Appendix B.

bThe Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) for all items was 251.107 for calendar year 2018 and 255.657 for calendar year 2019, an increase of 1.81 percent.

c The arithmetic average of Column 4 entries, rounded to the nearest multiple of $20.