Sustainable Development Goals - 17 Goals to Transform our World

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Indicator 1.2.1: Proportion of population living below the national poverty line, by sex and age

Proportion of population living below the national poverty line, by sex and age


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This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from City of Los Angeles statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from Angeleno statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other Angeleno-specific metadata information.

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Percent Below Poverty Line

Indicator description

The Census Bureau determines poverty status by using an official poverty measure (OPM) that compares pre-tax cash income against a threshold that is set at three times the cost of a minimum food diet in 1963 and adjusted for family size. The City of Los Angeles will continue to explore sources on percent of population below poverty by city/local standards.

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City of Los Angeles

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Disaggregation Categories

gender, race

WCCD/ISO 37120 Indicators on City Data Alignment

Aligns to WCCD 5.3 - Percentage of city population living in poverty

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of population living below the national poverty line, by sex and age

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Target name

By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.

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Global indicator description

Monitoring national poverty is important for country-specific development agendas. National poverty lines are used to make more accurate estimates of poverty consistent with the country’s specific economic and social circumstances, and are not intended for international comparisons of poverty rates.

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World Bank (WB)

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United States Census Bureau

Earliest available data
Geographical coverage

City of Los Angeles

Link to data source American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates: Poverty Status in the Past 12 Months (S1701) opens in a new window
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