The table below shows the proportion of different categories of families living in poverty in Australia in 1999.
The given table illustrates the percentage of six Australian family types living in poverty in 1999.
Looking at the table, it is obvious that while the percentage of aged couples living in poverty was the lowest, sole parents registered the highest one.
It can be seen that the percentage of poor sole parents in 1999 was quite high, which was 21% (232,000). In contrast, the percentage of aged couples of poverty was just 4%, marking the gap of 17% between these two family types. Poor households in Australia in 1999 made up over 10%, quite similar to couples with children whose figure for was closest to the figure of all households.
Single people without children ranked second in the top poorest households in Australia (19%), whereas the percentage of aged individuals living in poverty was 6%. Besides, there was a small disparity of 5% between the proportion of couples with no children and couples with kids being classed as poor, which were 7% (211,000) and 12% (922,000), respectively.