||The English used in this article may not be easy for everybody to understand. (August 2010)
The poverty line, which is also sometimes called the poverty threshold, in a country is the smallest amount of money that a family needs to make to be able to buy what it needs to live. In the United States, the poverty line is different depending on how many people there are in a family, so the poverty line will be higher in a family with eight people than in a family with three people. This is because it costs more money to buy food and other supplies in a family with more people.