Federal poverty level income limits for the current year are displayed by state at the United States Department of Health and Human Services website. The same income limits apply in all 48 contiguous states, including the District of Columbia. However, limits are different in Alaska and Hawaii.Continue Reading
The 2015 federal poverty level, officially known as a poverty guideline, was set at $24,250 for a four-person household in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia.
In Alaska, the same household size was subject to a poverty guideline of $30,320. In Hawaii, the figure was $27,890.
There are no official poverty guidelines for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands or Palau. In these cases, income eligibility for government assistance programs is at the discretion of the relevant federal office.Learn more about Social Sciences