B17001 Poverty status in the past 12 months by sex by age by race/Hispanic (A-I)*
B18131 Age by ratio of income to poverty level in the past 12 months by disability status and type
B17022 Ratio of income to poverty level in the past 12 months of families by family type by presence of related children under 18 years by age of related children (includes break out for children under 5)
|B17002||The Ratio of Income to Poverty shows not just that a person or family is poor, but also those in deep poverty or near poverty. Different tables have different granularity.|
Cross-tabulations give us a much more complex and nuanced picture of people in poverty, by combining two or more variables. For example, we can tell not just how many people are in poverty, but other information such as their age, gender, educational attainment, family composition, number of children, language spoken at home, employment status, race and whether or not they are Hispanic.
You can use the Statistical Testing Tool on the ACS website to test whether observed differences are statistically significant (for example, did the poverty rate increase or decrease?) and are unlikely to have occurred by chance.