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The following are surveys employed by the Census Bureau to determine levels of poverty and inequality.
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Each section begins with an essay that will explain what surveys and data sources were used to create the tables. Also provide information about the historical extent of the data. For example, the original poverty thresholds were based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 1961 Economy Food Plan.