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Prevalence of low income

Part A - Short definition:

Percentage of persons, economic families, persons not in an economic family aged 15 years or over or households in low income according to one of the low-income lines.

Part B - Detailed definition:

The prevalence of low income is the proportion or percentage of units whose income falls below a specified low income line.

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Population in private households and, according to the low-income line used, economic families, persons aged 15 years and over not in economic families in private households, or private households.

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Six different low-income lines are defined in the National Household Survey, though, the Low-income measure after-tax income (LIM-AT) is always the one used for standard products.

See Income status and related low-income line definitions.

Prevalence of low income is usually defined on the population in private households but can also be derived for different units of analysis.

This statistic is not resident on the database.

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