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Economy Statistics > Percent below poverty level (most recent) by state

DEFINITION: Percent of People Below Poverty Level in the Past 12 Months (For Whom Poverty Status is Determined), 2004
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Rank   States  Amount 
# 1     Mississippi: 21.6% 
# 2     Louisiana: 19.4% 
# 3     New Mexico: 19.3% 
# 4     District of Columbia: 18.9% 
= 5     Arkansas: 17.9% 
= 5     West Virginia: 17.9% 
# 7     Kentucky: 17.4% 
# 8     Texas: 16.6% 
# 9     Alabama: 16.1% 
# 10     South Carolina: 15.7% 
# 11     Oklahoma: 15.3% 
# 12     North Carolina: 15.2% 
# 13     Georgia: 14.8% 
= 14     Tennessee: 14.5% 
= 14     Idaho: 14.5% 
= 16     Montana: 14.2% 
= 16     Arizona: 14.2% 
= 16     New York: 14.2% 
# 19     Oregon: 14.1% 
# 20     California: 13.3% 
# 21     Washington: 13.1% 
# 22     Rhode Island: 12.8% 
# 23     Nevada: 12.6% 
# 24     Ohio: 12.5% 
= 25     Maine: 12.3% 
= 25     Michigan: 12.3% 
# 27     Florida: 12.2% 
# 28     North Dakota: 12.1% 
# 29     Illinois: 11.9% 
# 30     Missouri: 11.8% 
# 31     Pennsylvania: 11.7% 
# 32     Colorado: 11.1% 
= 33     Nebraska: 11% 
= 33     South Dakota: 11% 
# 35     Utah: 10.9% 
# 36     Indiana: 10.8% 
# 37     Wisconsin: 10.7% 
# 38     Hawaii: 10.6% 
# 39     Kansas: 10.5% 
# 40     Wyoming: 10.3% 
= 41     Delaware: 9.9% 
= 41     Iowa: 9.9% 
# 43     Virginia: 9.5% 
# 44     Massachusetts: 9.2% 
# 45     Vermont: 9% 
# 46     Maryland: 8.8% 
# 47     New Jersey: 8.5% 
# 48     Minnesota: 8.3% 
# 49     Alaska: 8.2% 
= 50     Connecticut: 7.6% 
= 50     New Hampshire: 7.6% 
Weighted average: 12.8%  

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"Percent below poverty level by state", American Community Survey 2004. Retrieved from http://www.StateMaster.com/red/graph/eco_per_bel_pov_lev-economy-percent-below-poverty-level&b_map=1

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COMMENTARY     

C Brigman
24th July 2011
Wow, the Live Free or Die state has the lowest poverty. This says everything.
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