List of U.S. states by poverty rate

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Map of poverty rate in the United States in 2008.
Legend:
  <6%
  6%-7.5%
  7.5%-9%
  9%-10.5%
  10.5%-12%
  12%-13.5%
  13.5%-15%
  15%-16.5%
  >16.5%
Map of estimated poverty rates in the United States by county, 2008. Legend:
   <5%
   <10%
   <15%
   <20%
   <25%
   <30%
   <35%
   <40%
   >40%

This article is a list of the 50 United States of America (U.S.) states, also including the District of Columbia, ordered by poverty rate. 2009 statistics are not identical to official poverty rates because they include children not counted in the official numbers (see Revised Tables link below). Supplemental Poverty Measure takes into account differences in cost of living between states (i.e. housing costs appreciably higher/lower than the national average). All data are from the United States Census Bureau.

States[edit]

RankStatePoverty Rate
(by Household Income)
People in Poverty
by Household Income
(in thousands)
2009 Poverty Rates
(includes unrelated children)
Supplemental Poverty Measure
(Geographically Adjusted)
-United States12.6%45,950
01New Hampshire5.6%737.9%10.4%
02New Jersey6.8%5929.5%12.2%
03Vermont7.6%479.6%8.3%
04Minnesota8.1%41211.1%10.7%
05Hawaii8.6%11012.6%18.0%
06Delaware9.2%7812.4%13.9%
07Utah9.2%2319.8%9.5%
08Virginia9.2%68410.8%11.7%
09Connecticut9.7%3268.6%11.1%
10Nebraska9.5%16710.0%9.1%
11Maryland9.7%5429.7%14.0%
12Idaho9.9%14313.9%11.6%
13Alaska10.0%6612.1%11.0%
14Massachusetts10.1%64110.9%13.6%
15Washington10.2%63611.9%11.2%
16Wisconsin10.2%55311.1%10.7%
17Nevada10.6%26013.1%17.2%
18Wyoming10.6%549.3%9.0%
19Florida11.1%2,25014.6%19.5%
20North Dakota11.2%7011.0%8.4%
21Pennsylvania11.2%1,37211.2%10.5%
22Iowa11.3%32710.9%7.9%
23Colorado11.4%53012.4%14.8%
24Illinois11.5%1,44113.3%13.8%
25Missouri11.6%65915.6%12.8%
26South Dakota11.8%9014.3%11.6%
27Michigan12.0%1,19614.2%12.4%
28Oregon12.0%43613.7%13.3%
29Rhode Island12.1%12713.2%12.2%
30Ohio12.3%1,39213.5%11.5%
31Kansas12.5%33713.9%11.1%
32Indiana12.6%77416.4%14.8%
33Maine12.6%16611.6%9.6%
34North Carolina13.1%1,11517.0%14.3%
35California13.2%4,71615.5%22.4%
36Montana13.8%12813.5%10.5%
37Georgia14.4%1,29818.5%18.8%
38New York14.5%2,76015.9%17.6%
39Kentucky14.8%59917.1%13.2%
40Tennessee15.0%87216.7%14.3%
41South Carolina15.0%62613.8%13.8%
42Arizona15.2%91721.3%21.6%
43West Virginia15.4%27616.0%11.3%
44Oklahoma15.6%54313.0%10.8%
45Arkansas15.9%50919.1%15.9%
46Texas16.2%3,68117.4%16.5%
47Alabama16.7%75016.8%15.9%
48New Mexico17.9%34719.6%15.8%
49Louisiana18.3%74814.3%12.8%
50Mississippi20.1%57123.2%17%
51District of Columbia20.7%1518.0%23.1%

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