Per The New York Times:
Forty-four million people in the United States, or one in seven residents, lived in poverty in 2009, an increase of 4 million from the year before, the Census Bureau reported on Thursday.
The poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent — the highest level since 1994 — from 13.2 percent in 2008. The rise was steepest for children, with one in five residents under 18 living below the official poverty line, the bureau said.
For a single adult in 2009, the poverty line was $10,830 in pretax cash income; for a family of four, $22,050.
The number of residents without health insurance in 2009 climbed to 51 million, from 46 million in 2008.