The poverty rate for Hispanic families fell to 27.1% last year from 29.4% in 1996. The poverty rate for African-American families fell to 23.6% last year from 26.1% in 1996. The poverty threshold for a family of four was put at $16,400.
In 1997, Asians/Pacific Islanders had the nation's highest median household income at $45,249.
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