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Median Family Income Compared to Poverty Income: 2008

The table below presents the 2008 federal poverty income guidelines as well as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) estimated median, or typical, family income for Oregon for federal fiscal year 2007.

HUD considers families at 80 percent of the area median income to be "low income" and families at 50 percent of the area median income to be "very low income."

These income levels are used to determine eligibility for local, state, and federal programs. For example, generally only families with incomes lower than 50 percent of the median local income are eligible for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, which assist low-income families with the cost of renting privately owned housing (at least 75 percent of families receiving Section 8 assistance must have incomes below 30 percent of the area median). To qualify for some public housing programs and homeownership assistance programs, families must have incomes below 80 percent of the area median.


2007 Oregon median family income compared to 2008 federal poverty income guidelines

Number in FamilyAnnual poverty incomeHUD estimated median incomeMedian as percentage of poverty income80% of median income80% of median as percentage of poverty50% of median income50% of median as percentage of poverty
1$10,400$41,167396%$33,000317%$20,600198%
2$14,000$47,167337%$37,700269%$23,550168%
3$17,600$53,000301%$42,400241%$26,500151%
4$21,200$58,833278%$47,100222%$29,450139%
5$24,800$63,667257%$50,900205%$31,800128%
6$28,400$68,333241%$54,650192%$34,150120%
7$32,000$73,000228%$58,450183%$36,500114%
8$35,600$77,667218%$62,200175%$38,850109%
Over 8 add per child$3,600n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Source: Poverty data from Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 15, January 23, 2008, pp. 3971-2. Median household income computed using Dept. of Housing and Urban Development data for Oregon for federal fiscal year 2007.