Many states and localities provide services to families who fall under the poverty line and also in the “near-poor” category.
Annual wages range from $10,000-$13,000, well below the poverty line of $23,000 for a family of four.
The minimum decent living standard--aka the poverty line--does rise along with national wealth.
In 2000, 46 percent of the 2,799 residents here lived below the poverty line.
It is one of the poorest places in the United States with 27 percent of its residents living below the poverty line.
Many of them are impoverished or living just above the poverty line.
“In Italy, there are 1.8 million children living under the poverty line,” says Giacomo Guerrera, head of UNICEF Italy.
Some struggle harder than others, and maintain an existence on or just above the poverty line—these are technically the poor.
Charles Booth thought that thirty per cent of the people of London were on or below the poverty line.
And then he is confronted with the picture of the Holy Family which can never have lived much beyond the poverty line.