TABLE 5-5 Change in Poverty Status and Income-to-Poverty Ratio Under the Current and Proposed Poverty Measures, with Total Poverty Rate Held Constant at 14.5 Percent, 1992

Poverty Status and Income-to-Poverty Ratio

Number of People (millions)

Percent Distribution Within Category

People Moved out of Poverty

7.35

100.0

Current measure: income <50% of threshold

Proposed measure

Income 100–150% of threshold

0.45

6.1

Income 150–200% of threshold

0.00

0.0

Income 200% or more of threshold

0.00

0.0

Current measure: income 50–100% of threshold

Proposed measure

Income 100–150% of threshold

6.42

87.3

Income 150–200% of threshold

0.47

6.4

Income 200% or more of threshold

0.01

0.1

People Moved into Poverty

7.37

100.0

Current measure: income 100–150% of threshold

Proposed measure

Income <50% of threshold

0.02

0.3

Income 50–100% of threshold

5.81

78.8

Current measure: income 150–200% of threshold

Proposed measure

Income <50% of threshold

0.00

0.0

Income 50–100% of threshold

1.47

19.9

Current measure: income 200% or more of threshold

Proposed measure

Income <50% of threshold

0.00

0.0

Income 50–100% of threshold

0.07

0.9

People Poor Under Both Measures

29.54

100.0

Current measure: income <50% of threshold

Proposed measure

Income <50% of threshold

8.47

28.7

Income 50–100% of threshold

6.10

20.6

Current measure: income 50–100% of threshold

Proposed measure

Income <50% of threshold

1.50

5.1

Income 50–100% of threshold

13.47

45.6

People Not Poor Under Both Measures

209.71

100.0

Current measure: income 100–150% of threshold

Proposed measure

Income 100–150% of threshold

14.79

7.1

Income 150–200% of threshold

3.48

1.7

Income 200% or more of threshold

0.25

0.1



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