The Latest Data Shows Our States Ranked In Order Of Poverty

The newest survey data from the United States Census has just been released and it paints a stark picture of poverty in America.

We’ve considered the data and assembled this ranking of all 50 states by poverty rate. The poverty percentage displayed is a two-year average resulting from data collected in 2015 and 2016 and reflects the portion of each state’s population that is living below the poverty threshold.

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This list is organized from the state with the highest poverty rate (Mississippi) to the state with the lowest poverty rate (New Hampshire).

 

1. Mississippi: 20.1%

2. Louisiana: 19.4%

3. New Mexico: 18.7%

4. Kentucky 17.4%

5. Georgia: 16.8%

6. Arizona: 16.6%

7. (Tie) Alabama: 16.3%

8. (Tie) West Virginia: 16.3%

9. Arkansas: 16.1%

10. Tennessee: 14.8%

11. Florida: 14.6%

12. (Tie) Oklahoma: 14.4%

13. (Tie) North Carolina: 14.4%

14. Texas: 14.3%

15. (Tie) South Dakota: 14.2%

16. (Tie) South Carolina: 14.2%

17. California: 13.9%

18. Ohio: 13.6%

19. New York: 13.0%

20. Indiana: 12.7%

21. Delaware: 11.3%

22. Kansas 12.7%

23. Maine: 12.5%

24. Michigan: 11.9%

25. (Tie) Montana: 11.8%

26. (Tie) Oregon: 11.8%

27. (Tie) Idaho: 11.7%

28. (Tie) Pennsylvania: 11.7%

29. Rhode Island: 11.6%

30. (Tie) Illinois:11.5%

31. (Tie) Nevada: 11.5%

32. Missouri: 11.4%

33. Washington: 11.2%

34. (Tie) Virginia: 11.1%

35. (Tie) Wisconsin: 11.1%

36. (Tie) North Dakota: 10.9%

37. (Tie) Alaska: 10.9%

38. Massachusetts: 10.6%

39. (Tie) New Jersey: 10.3%

40. (Tie) Wyoming: 10.3%

41. Vermont: 10.2%

42. (Tie) Iowa: 10.1%

43. (Tie) Hawaii: 10.1%

44. Nebraska: 9.9%

45. Connecticut: 9.5%

46. Colorado: 9.2%

47. Utah: 8.9%

48. Maryland: 8.4%

49. Minnesota: 8.3%

50. New Hampshire: 6.8%

 

The District of Columbia was also considered in the report and has a 16.5 percent poverty rate. While this data may be surprising to some, many states experienced a reduction in poverty between 2014 and 2016. You can read more about the Census methodology here.

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