FPL Comparison

August 2015
Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Guideline Comparison to the Elder Index:
Older adults, age 65 and over, with Incomes Below the 2011 Elder Index

The following interactive table provides a comparison of older adults in California with incomes below the Elder Index and how their income corresponds with the FPL. Cells are color coded going from red indicating the highest percent to white indicating the lowest percent. For example, the default view shows the percent of single elder and older couple head of households in California. Single elders are more than three times as likely to have incomes below the Elder Index (EI) and less than 100% of the FPL than older couples (18.9% vs.5.6%, respectively); more than 1.5 times as likely to have incomes below the EI and between 100% to 100% of the FPL (24.3% vs. 15.4%, respectively); and higher percentage with incomes below the EI but greater than 199% of the FPL (6.6% and 5.3%, respectively). Data can also be viewed by county, family type, and by population numbers (in thousands) by selecting from the appropriate pull down menus. Note: To ensure accurate estimates, "Economic Status" must be in the left hand column, "Population" and "Percent" in top row, and "County", "Family Type", and "Race and Ethnicity" in the second top row. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding or missing data for unstable estimates. Return to the Hidden Poor web page.