The real median income of US households was essentially unchanged at $44,389 in 2004, according to US Census Bureau. The official poverty rate increased from 12.5% to 12.7%, representing 37 mln people in poverty, up from 35.9 mln in 2003. Among children, the poverty rate remained at 17.8% or 13 mln. For a family of four, the poverty level was defined as household income of $19,307. For a single person, it was income of $9,645.