QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Living in Families That Were Food-Insecure in the Past 30 Days by Family Income and Urbanicity — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

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In 2021, 5.9% of adults aged ≥18 years lived in families that were food-insecure in the past 30 days.

The percentage was higher in urban areas (6.2%) compared with rural areas (4.6%) overall and within households earning 100%–199% of FPL (13.5% versus 8.9%) and ≥200% of FPL (2.4% versus 1.4%).

For adults living in families with incomes <100% of FPL, the percentage was similar in rural (22.8%) and urban (20.4%) areas. The percentage decreased with family income from 20.8% for those living in families earning <100% of FPL to 2.3% for those living in families earning ≥200% of FPL.

The same pattern was found for adults living in urban and rural areas.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/index.htm


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