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Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 33: Poverty

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Table 33. Number and percentage of people in poverty, by sex, race/ethnicity, and age group: Various years, 1985 to 2002
 Percent in poverty
 TotalSexRace/ethnicity
YearNumber below poverty
level (in thousands)
Percent in
poverty
MaleFemaleWhiteBlackHispanic1
All persons
198533,06414.012.315.611.431.329.0
199033,58513.511.715.210.731.928.1
199135,70814.212.316.011.332.728.7
199238,01414.812.916.611.933.429.6
199339,26515.113.316.912.233.130.6
199438,05914.512.816.311.730.630.7
199536,42513.812.215.411.229.330.3
199636,52913.712.015.411.228.429.4
199735,57413.311.614.911.026.527.1
199834,47612.711.114.310.526.125.6
199932,79111.910.413.29.823.622.7
200031,58111.39.912.69.522.521.5
200132,90711.710.412.99.922.721.4
200234,57012.110.913.310.2224.1321.8
Under 18 years old
198513,01020.720.321.116.243.640.3
199013,43120.620.520.815.944.838.4
199114,34121.821.322.216.845.940.4
199215,29422.321.522.317.446.440.0
199315,72722.722.722.717.846.140.9
199415,28921.821.422.216.943.841.5
199514,66520.820.421.216.241.940.0
199614,46320.520.020.916.339.940.3
199714,11319.919.720.016.137.236.8
199813,46718.918.419.415.136.734.4
199912,28017.116.517.313.733.230.3
200011,58716.215.816.313.131.228.4
200111,73316.316.216.413.430.228.0
200212,13316.716.816.613.6232.3328.6
18 to 24 years old
19854,51316.614.018.814.031.229.9
19903,96415.912.219.513.529.627.5
19914,12016.913.520.114.031.927.6
19924,38718.014.221.615.331.730.0
19934,85419.114.823.316.034.431.0
19944,53818.013.622.515.729.030.2
19954,55318.315.021.715.930.530.6
19964,46617.914.421.415.629.629.0
19974,41617.513.921.115.528.025.8
19984,31216.613.519.614.627.225.6
19994,60317.314.020.714.829.323.8
20003,89014.411.617.212.623.621.5
20014,44916.313.619.014.126.821.0
20024,53616.513.619.514.4228.0321.1
1Hispanics may be of any race.
2White alone (excludes mixed race).
3Black alone (excludes mixed race).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Poverty in the United States, various years.

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