Having low income, or even being near low income, often means putting up with sub-standard living conditions – and having a rough time paying for them. So say data collected by the 1991 American Housing Survey.
This Brief uses these data to examine various demographic, financial, and housing characteristics of low-income households (those with incomes below the poverty threshold). It also provides some information on “near low-income” households (those with incomes between 100 and 124 percent of the poverty level). In 1991, 14 percent of all households (13 million) were low-income; another 5 percent (5 million) were near low-income.