May 20, 2015

Poverty Rising for Young Adults, Declining for Older Adults in the U.S.

% of households in poverty by age of householder

——— Younger than 35

——— 65 and older
Year Younger than 35 65 and older
1967 12.5 33.2
1968 11.5 30.0
1969 11.2 30.1
1970 12.3 29.5
1971 13.0 26.3
1972 12.4 22.2
1973 11.6 19.6
1974 12.4 18.9
1975 12.7 18.6
1976 12.6 18.1
1977 12.3 17.0
1978 12.3 16.9
1979 12.3 18.1
1980 14.3 18.9
1981 15.6 18.4
1982 16.8 17.1
1983 18.0 16.5
1984 16.9 14.8
1985 16.6 15.3
1986 16.8 15.1
1987 16.1 15.1
1988 16.3 14.4
1989 15.5 13.8
1990 17.5 14.7
1991 18.7 14.9
1992 19.2 15.5
1993 20.1 14.5
1994 19.3 14.2
1995 18.4 12.9
1996 18.4 13.1
1997 17.9 12.9
1998 17.7 12.6
1999 16.4 11.5
2000 15.0 12.0
2001 16.5 12.2
2002 17.2 12.6
2003 18.6 12.2
2004 18.3 11.9
2005 18.9 12.2
2006 17.9 11.3
2007 17.8 11.6
2008 18.9 11.4
2009 21.0 10.3
2010 21.9 10.6
Source: Pew Research Center tabulations of the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (IPUMS)