As of 1994, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 30.7 percent, nearly a third, of Hispanic Americans lived below the poverty level.
That means that a family of four would make under $15,141 per year.
Poverty is more widespread among Hispanic Americans than among white Americans. The proportion of white Americans living under the poverty line was 11.7 percent in 1994.
The poverty rate among black Americans was comparable to that among Hispanic Americans: 30.6 percent of blacks lived below the poverty level.
As of 1994, Hispanic American income per person was only 57 percent of the national average.