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Low-Income Families and Unrelated Individuals in the United States: 1963

Report Number P60-45

Approximately 19 percent of the 47.4 million families in the United States--about one out of every five families--had incomes under $3,000 in 1963. The median income for all families in 1963 was $6,200. Forty-four percent of the 11 million unrelated individuals had total money incomes of less than $1,500 in 1963, whereas 28 percent had an income of less than $1,000. The median income for all unrelated individuals was $1,800.

Among those types of families with the highest incidence of low income in 1963 (families with incomes under $3,000) were the nonwhite family, the family that had a head 65 years of age or older, the family headed by a female, the farm family, the family with no earner, and the family with a head who had completed less than a grade school education. Nearly half of the low-income families lived in the South; half of them had a head who was not in the labor force. Among those with employed heads nearly two-thirds were either semiskilled workers, service workers, or farmers or farm laborers.

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Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021
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