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Bureau of Labor Statistics > Price and Index Number Research > Price research data > Research Poverty Thresholds

2019 Published vs Revised Supplemental Poverty Measure Thresholds Based on Consumer Expenditure Survey Data

Measure 2019 Published 2019 Revised

SPM Owners with mortgages

$29,234 $29,080

SPM Owners without mortgages

$24,980 $24,413

SPM Renters

$28,881 $29,194

NOTE: Research SPM thresholds are produced in the Division of Price and Index Number Research (DPINR), U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 2019 Published SPM Thresholds are computed using out-of-pocket expenditures for food, clothing, shelter, and utilities (FCSU), and a multiplier for other basic goods and services such as household supplies, personal care, and non-work-related transportation expenditures. Owner shelter expenditures include those for mortgage principal payments. Thresholds for the 2019 revised thresholds are based on FCSU, plus internet and include in-kind benefits for LIHEAP, NSLP, WIC, and rental assistance; these are referred to as FCSUti. In-kind benefits for LIHEAP, NSLP, and WIC are based on a multiple imputation procedure that uses data from the CPS ASEC and assigns receipt for NSLP and WIC to the CE, and LIHEAP benefits to the CE. Benefit values for the NSLP and WIC are from administrative data. Rental assistance is imputed using data collected in the CE Interview; benefits are assigned to consumer units living in public housing, rental units subsided with financial assistance, rent-controlled rental units, and units receiving rent as pay.

Source of CE Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Consumer Expenditure Survey Interview Component with data collected in  2015Q2-2020Q1 for 2019 Published Thresholds and 2014Q2-2019Q1 for 2019 Revised Thresholds.


Last Modified Date: October 6, 2021