What are the 2020 Federal Poverty Levels?

The Federal Poverty Level is a measurement that describes the minimum income a person needs in order to pay for bare living essentials. Federal poverty guidelines are used to determine eligibility for assistance programs. These guidelines are often referred to as the Federal Poverty Level or FPL. Assistance programs have caps on the income a person can receive in order to qualify, and often express these limits as a percentage of the Federal Poverty Level.

For instance, a program’s poverty level income requirement might be 100% of the Federal Poverty Level, 133%, 138%, 150%, 200%, 250%, and so forth.

Use the handy poverty level calculator on this site to find out the 2020 poverty levels by selecting your state, household size, percentage needed and whether you would prefer the monthly or annual result.

The 2019 and 2020 poverty level charts/tables are located here.

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