Alaska is the Only State with an Increase in the Poverty Rate
Only one state—Alaska—saw its poverty rate go up last year according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The rate jumped from 9.3% in 2013 to 11.2% in 2014.
Alaska also experienced an increase in its child poverty rate, going from 12.1% to 15.8%, as did North Dakota (12% to 14.8%) and New Hampshire (10.2% to 13%).
New Hampshire, however, had the lowest overall poverty rate among the 50 states at 9.2%.
Mississippi did see its poverty rate decline from 24% in 2013 to 21.5% in 2014, which was “among the largest percentage-point decline of states,” according to the Census Bureau. New Mexico’s poverty rate was 21.3%.
Census figures showed 12 states experienced a decline in poverty from 2013 to 2014: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington.
The other 37 states and the District of Columbia remained about the same.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, Steve Straehley
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