Alaska is the Only State with an Increase in the Poverty Rate

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
(graphic: Steve Straehley, AllGov)

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


To Learn More:

Poverty Rates Down in 12 States, Median Income Up in 16 States: New Data from the American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau)


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