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Statistical Brief: Housing of Lower-Income Households

Report Number SB/94-18

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.


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