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

2017 - 2016 BLS-DPINR Supplemental Poverty Measure Thresholds Based on Consumer Expenditure Survey Data

Official and BLS-DPINR Research Experimental Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) Thresholds for Two Adults with Two Children, 2017-2016



SPM Owners with mortgages


SPM Owners without mortgages


SPM Renters


NOTE: Research Experimental SPM thresholds are produced in the Division of Price and Index Number Research (DPINR), U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). These are computed using out-of-pocket expenditures for food, clothing, shelter, and utilities (FCSU), plus expenditures for other basic goods and services such as household supplies, personal care, and non-work-related transportation. Shelter expenditures include those for mortgage principal payments.

Source: Thresholds were produced by Juan D. Muñoz, and under the guidance of Thesia I. Garner, DPINR, BLS, for research purposes only, using the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Interview Survey. The thresholds are not BLS production quality. This work is solely that of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or the views of other staff members within this agency. These thresholds are final as of September 11, 2018.


Last Modified Date: September 12, 2018