These statistics emerge from a survey developed by Columbia University and Robin Hood to provide a more accurate picture of poverty in New York City. The survey pool came from a fixed panel of approximately 2,300 residents from the five boroughs, many from families living in poverty (those with an annual income of less than $11,722 per year for individuals and $23,497 for a family of four).
The numbers on this site were calculated from individually weighted values that represent each survey respondent and their household. In the OPM and SPM sections, values are weighted by the number of people within each household, including both adults and children, and represent the total number of people in New York City living under the respective poverty lines.
Measures in the material hardship and health problems sections were calculated slightly differently. Values are weighted by the number of New York City adults represented by each respondent, meaning the poverty level, household type, education, age, gender, and race values represent only adults ages 18 and older.
All values were calculated from the number of respondents with definitive replies to survey questions. The precise numbers presented as subheads are based solely on estimates derived from the Poverty Tracker survey sample. Exact population numbers in New York City are subject to sampling variability and a margin of error around the sample estimate.