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Poverty Rate

Description

Percent of the population below the federal poverty level, 2002 to 2009.

State 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Alabama 15.4% 17.1% 16.1% 17.0% 16.6% 16.9% 15.7% 17.5%
Alaska 9.3% 9.7% 8.2% 11.2% 10.9% 8.9% 8.4% 9.0%
Arizona 13.6% 15.4% 14.2% 14.2% 14.2% 14.2% 14.7% 16.5%
Arkansas 16.3% 16.0% 17.9% 17.2% 17.3% 17.9% 17.3% 18.8%
California 13.3% 13.4% 13.3% 13.3% 13.1% 12.4% 13.3% 14.2%
Colorado 9.5% 9.8% 11.1% 11.1% 12.0% 12.0% 11.4% 12.9%
Connecticut 7.8% 8.1% 7.6% 8.3% 8.3% 7.9% 9.3% 9.4%
Delaware 9.3% 8.7% 9.9% 10.4% 11.1% 10.5% 10.0% 10.8%
District of Columbia 17.2% 19.9% 18.9% 19.0% 19.6% 16.4% 17.2% 18.4%
Florida 12.8% 13.1% 12.2% 12.8% 12.6% 12.1% 13.2% 14.9%
Georgia 13.0% 13.4% 14.8% 14.4% 14.7% 14.3% 14.7% 16.5%
Hawaii 11.0% 10.9% 10.6% 9.8% 9.3% 8.0% 9.1% 10.4%
Idaho 11.7% 13.8% 14.5% 13.9% 12.6% 12.1% 12.6% 14.3%
Illinois 11.3% 11.3% 11.9% 12.0% 12.3% 11.9% 12.2% 13.3%
Indiana 9.6% 10.6% 10.8% 12.2% 12.7% 12.3% 13.1% 14.4%
Iowa 9.1% 10.1% 9.9% 10.9% 11.0% 11.0% 11.5% 11.8%
Kansas 10.0% 10.8% 10.5% 11.7% 12.4% 11.2% 11.3% 13.4%
Kentucky 14.8% 17.4% 17.4% 16.8% 17.0% 17.3% 17.3% 18.6%
Louisiana 18.1% 20.3% 19.4% 19.8% 19.0% 18.6% 17.3% 17.3%
Maine 11.0% 10.5% 12.3% 12.6% 12.9% 12.0% 12.3% 12.3%
Maryland 8.3% 8.2% 8.8% 8.2% 7.8% 8.3% 8.1% 9.1%
Massachusetts 9.0% 9.4% 9.2% 10.3% 9.9% 9.9% 10.0% 10.3%
Michigan 10.9% 11.4% 12.3% 13.2% 13.5% 14.0% 14.4% 16.2%
Minnesota 7.5% 7.8% 8.3% 9.2% 9.8% 9.5% 9.6% 11.0%
Mississippi 18.9% 19.9% 21.6% 21.3% 21.1% 20.6% 21.2% 21.9%
Missouri 11.3% 11.7% 11.8% 13.3% 13.6% 13.0% 13.4% 14.6%
Montana 14.0% 14.2% 14.2% 14.4% 13.6% 14.1% 14.8% 15.1%
Nebraska 10.0% 10.8% 11.0% 10.9% 11.5% 11.2% 10.8% 12.3%
Nevada 10.1% 11.5% 12.6% 11.1% 10.3% 10.7% 11.3% 12.4%
New Hampshire 6.3% 7.7% 7.6% 7.5% 8.0% 7.1% 7.6% 8.5%
New Jersey 8.3% 8.4% 8.5% 8.7% 8.7% 8.6% 8.7% 9.4%
New Mexico 17.7% 18.6% 19.3% 18.5% 18.5% 18.1% 17.1% 18.0%
New York 13.9% 13.5% 14.2% 13.8% 14.2% 13.7% 13.6% 14.2%
North Carolina 12.9% 14.0% 15.2% 15.1% 14.7% 14.3% 14.6% 16.3%
North Dakota 11.1% 11.7% 12.1% 11.2% 11.4% 12.1% 12.0% 11.7%
Ohio 10.2% 12.1% 12.5% 13.0% 13.3% 13.1% 13.4% 15.2%
Oklahoma 14.5% 16.1% 15.3% 16.5% 17.0% 15.9% 15.9% 16.2%
Oregon 11.3% 13.9% 14.1% 14.1% 13.3% 12.9% 13.6% 14.3%
Pennsylvania 10.0% 10.9% 11.7% 11.9% 12.1% 11.6% 12.1% 12.5%
Rhode Island 11.0% 11.3% 12.8% 12.3% 11.1% 12.0% 11.7% 11.5%
South Carolina 14.0% 14.1% 15.7% 15.6% 15.7% 15.0% 15.7% 17.1%
South Dakota 12.4% 11.1% 11.0% 13.6% 13.6% 13.1% 12.5% 14.2%
Tennessee 13.6% 13.8% 14.5% 15.5% 16.2% 15.9% 15.5% 17.1%
Texas 15.4% 16.3% 16.6% 17.6% 16.9% 16.3% 15.8% 17.2%
United States of America 12.1% 12.7% 13.1% 13.3% 13.3% 13.0% 13.2% 14.3%
Utah 9.7% 10.6% 10.9% 10.2% 10.6% 9.7% 9.6% 11.5%
Vermont 9.3% 9.7% 9.0% 11.5% 10.3% 10.1% 10.6% 11.4%
Virginia 9.6% 9.0% 9.5% 10.0% 9.6% 9.9% 10.2% 10.5%
Washington 10.3% 11.0% 13.1% 11.9% 11.8% 11.4% 11.3% 12.3%
West Virginia 16.1% 18.5% 17.9% 18.0% 17.3% 16.9% 17.0% 17.7%
Wisconsin 8.5% 10.5% 10.7% 10.2% 11.0% 10.8% 10.4% 12.4%
Wyoming 10.6% 9.7% 10.3% 9.5% 9.4% 8.7% 9.4% 9.8%

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