Spotlight on the States

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State and local governments, community-based organizations and other non-profits play a significant role in implementing policies and programs to reduce poverty and promote opportunity. Hover over a state to get a snapshot of poverty statistics in the state, then click or use the drop-down menu to access information and resources, news articles, and links to learn more about state efforts to reduce poverty.
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Alaska
Poverty rate: 10.1%
Child poverty rate: 14%
Senior Poverty Rate: 14%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 4.4%
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Alabama
Poverty Rate: 19.0%
Child Poverty Rate: 27%
Senior Poverty Rate: 12%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 8.4%
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Arkansas
Poverty Rate: 19.8%
Child Poverty Rate: 29%
Senior Poverty Rate: 14%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 8.2%
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Arizona
Poverty Rate: 18.7%
Child Poverty Rate: 27%
Senior Poverty Rate: 14%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 8.9%
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California
Poverty Rate: 17%
Child Poverty Rate: 24%
Senior Poverty Rate: 16%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 7.4%
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Colorado
Poverty Rate: 13.7%
Child Poverty Rate: 18%
Senior Poverty Rate: 12%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 6.1%
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Connecticut
Poverty Rate: 10.7%
Child Poverty Rate: 15%
Senior Poverty Rate: 9%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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Washington DC
Poverty Rate: 18.2%
Child Poverty Rate: 27%
Senior Poverty Rate: 21%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 10.4%
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Delaware
Poverty Rate: 12%
Child Poverty Rate: 17%
Senior Poverty Rate: 9%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5.8%
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Florida
Poverty Rate: 17.1%
Child Poverty Rate: 25%
Senior Poverty Rate: 14%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 7.5%
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Georgia
Poverty Rate: 19.2%
Child Poverty Rate: 27%
Senior Poverty Rate: 13%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 8.8%
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Hawaii
Poverty Rate: 11.6%
Child Poverty Rate: 17%
Senior Poverty Rate: 17%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5.8%
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Iowa
Poverty Rate: 12.7%
Child Poverty Rate: 16%
Senior Poverty Rate: 9%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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Idaho
Poverty Rate: 15.9%
Child Poverty Rate: 21%
Senior Poverty Rate: 10%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 6.1%
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Illinois
Poverty Rate: 14.7%
Child Poverty Rate: 21%
Senior Poverty Rate: 11%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 6.5%
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Indiana
Poverty Rate: 15.6%
Child Poverty Rate: 22%
Senior Poverty Rate: 10%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 7.2%
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Kansas
Poverty Rate: 14%
Child Poverty Rate: 19%
Senior Poverty Rate: 8%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5.6%
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Kentucky
Poverty Rate: 19.4%
Child Poverty Rate: 27%
Senior Poverty Rate: 14%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 8.1%
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Louisiana
Poverty Rate: 19.9%
Child Poverty Rate: 28%
Senior Poverty Rate: 20%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 8.6%
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Massachusetts
Poverty Rate: 11.9%
Child Poverty Rate: 15%
Senior Poverty Rate: 12%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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Maryland
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
Child Poverty Rate: 14%
Senior Poverty Rate: 12%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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Maine
Poverty Rate: 14.7%
Child Poverty Rate: 21%
Senior Poverty Rate: 10%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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Michigan
Poverty Rate: 17.4%
Child Poverty Rate: 25%
Senior Poverty Rate: 10%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 7.9%
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Minnesota
Poverty Rate: 11.4%
Child Poverty Rate: 15%
Senior Poverty Rate: 11%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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Missouri
Poverty Rate: 16.2%
Child Poverty Rate: 23%
Senior Poverty Rate: 8%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 7.1%
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Mississippi
Poverty Rate: 24.2%
Child Poverty Rate: 35%
Senior Poverty Rate: 15%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 10.2%
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Montana
Poverty Rate: 15.5%
Child Poverty Rate: 20%
Senior Poverty Rate: 11%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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North Carolina
Poverty Rate: 18%
Child Poverty Rate: 26%
Senior Poverty Rate: 14%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 7.9%
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North Dakota
Poverty Rate: 11.2%
Child Poverty Rate: 13%
Senior Poverty Rate: 9%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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Nebraska
Poverty Rate: 13%
Child Poverty Rate: 18%
Senior Poverty Rate: 9%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5.3%
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New Hampshire
Poverty Rate: 10%
Child Poverty Rate: 16%
Senior Poverty Rate: 9%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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New Jersey
Poverty Rate: 10.8%
Child Poverty Rate: 15%
Senior Poverty Rate: 12%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5%
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New Mexico
Poverty Rate: 20.8%
Child Poverty Rate: 29%
Senior Poverty Rate: 15%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 9.2%
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Nevada
Poverty Rate: 16.4%
Child Poverty Rate: 24%
Senior Poverty Rate: 12%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 7.1%
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New York
Poverty Rate: 15.9%
Child Poverty Rate: 23%
Senior Poverty Rate: 17%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 7.1%
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Ohio
Poverty Rate: 16.3%
Child Poverty Rate: 24%
Senior Poverty Rate: 10%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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Oklahoma
Poverty Rate: 17.2%
Child Poverty Rate: 24%
Senior Poverty Rate: 10%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 7.4%
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Oregon
Poverty Rate: 17.2%
Child Poverty Rate: 23%
Senior Poverty Rate: 8%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 7.9%
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Pennsylvania
Poverty Rate: 13.7%
Child Poverty Rate: 20%
Senior Poverty Rate: 11%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 6%
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Rhode Island
Poverty Rate: 13.7%
Child Poverty Rate: 19%
Senior Poverty Rate: 12%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 6.1%
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South Carolina
Poverty Rate: 18.3%
Child Poverty Rate: 27%
Senior Poverty Rate: 14%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 8.2%
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South Dakota
Poverty Rate: 13.4%
Child Poverty Rate: 17%
Senior Poverty Rate: 9%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 6.3%
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Tennessee
Poverty Rate: 17.9%
Child Poverty Rate: 26%
Senior Poverty Rate: 14%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 7.7%
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Texas
Poverty Rate: 17.9%
Child Poverty Rate: 26%
Senior Poverty Rate: 16%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 7.4%
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Utah
Poverty Rate: 12.8%
Child Poverty Rate: 15%
Senior Poverty Rate: 9%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5.5%
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Virginia
Poverty Rate: 11.7%
Child Poverty Rate: 15%
Senior Poverty Rate: 13%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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Vermont
Poverty Rate: 11.8%
Child Poverty Rate: 15%
Senior Poverty Rate: 11%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5.3%
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Washington
Poverty Rate: 13.5%
Child Poverty Rate: 19%
Senior Poverty Rate: 9%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 6.3%
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Wisconsin
Poverty Rate: 13.2%
Child Poverty Rate: 18%
Senior Poverty Rate: 8%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5.7%
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West Virginia
Poverty Rate: 17.8%
Child Poverty Rate: 25%
Senior Poverty Rate: 11%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 8.3%
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Wyoming
Poverty Rate: 12.6%
Child Poverty Rate: 17%
Senior Poverty Rate: 10%
Extreme Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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