Politicians, bloggers, the news media and ordinary people frequently use the term poverty level without defining it. It is frequently used to imply that if your income is above poverty level you are financially secure. For the record here are the 2010 Poverty Guidelines.
|Persons in family||Poverty guideline|
|For families with more than 8 persons, add $3,740 for each additional person.|
For more information follow the link http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/10fedreg.shtml