As of 2015, the average poverty level for a household of one is $11,770. This is the average for the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia.
The average poverty level for a household of two people is $15,930. The poverty level for a family of four is $24,250.
The poverty level in the U.S. is set by the government and is updated annually. Lower income households are more common in inner city and rural areas. In recent years, the rate of child poverty has increased.
The poverty level is determined by the poverty guidelines and the poverty threshold.