The majority of Iranian people are poor people, and they live at the poverty level.
A. People with family income between 100 and 400 percent of the poverty level.
He cited a statistic he cites often—that 46 percent of New Yorkers are living at or below 150 percent of the poverty level.
The state also makes benefits eligible to those who earn up to 185 percent of the poverty level.
While 18 percent of American families fall below the poverty level, 43 percent of single-mother households do.
For the first time in Brazilian history, the middle class, now 100 million strong, outnumbers those below the poverty level.
This family would be above 188 percent of the poverty level and so would not qualify for a subsidy.
Annualized, that comes out to about $25,000, which is barely above the poverty level for a family of four (PDF).
Note: Because the poverty level is somewhat artificially established by the government, it can be manipulated for political ends. As with hidden unemployment, governments are often accused of establishing a poverty level that underestimates the number of poor people.