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.
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.