Several people have already said some of this – but I spent a few minutes synthesizing it all into a summary. So here it is:


Low-income, moderate-income, etc., are pegged to a multiple of Area Median Income for any housing or HUD program.

Low-income, moderate-income, etc., could instead be pegged to a multiple of the poverty line for HHS, US DOT, and most other programs.


If one is using the multiples of Area Median Income:


If one is using the multiples of the poverty line


Hope that helps.



Todd Graham

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From: Weinberger Penelope <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 12:58 PM
Subject: [CTPP] FW: Question Regarding Mapping Low Income Population by Census Tract


Hey CTPPers, I received this query, I welcome your thoughts.



We are currently looking at environmental justice factors on Urban Arterials in the Denver Metro area, and I was wondering if you might have any insights into mapping low income population by census tract. The only data I have been able to find includes low and moderate income (from HUD), and I am having trouble even finding that data at the tract level. Do you know of a good data source for this? Any help or insights would be greatly appreciated.