Poverty rate codes given for over and under the poverty threshold what are the rest of the codes?


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Ipums USA 2016 ACS


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It sounds like you are looking at the POVERTY variable. In this variable the values represent the value of each family’s total income (for the previous year) as a percentage of the poverty threshold (as defined by the Social Security Administration). As explained on the description tab, if a person’s family income is $20,000 and the poverty threshold for such a person is $13,861, then the value of POVERTY for that individual is $20,000/$13,861 * 100 percent, or 144. So, values below 100 indicate the family is below the poverty line, and values above 100 indicate the family is above the poverty line.