Louisiana had the nation's highest poverty rate, at 21.4 percent, in 2017, the latest year for which census data are available. New Mexico (18.6 percent) and Mississippi (18.3 percent) followed. New Hampshire had the lowest rate, 6.6 percent. The poverty threshold for a family of four in 2017 was $25,094.

Source: “Historical Poverty Tables: People and Families — 1959 to 2017,” U.S. Census Bureau, last revised Aug. 28, 2018, Table 21, https://tinyurl.com/y8ou7gzo

Data for the graphic are as follows:

State Percentage of People in Poverty
Alabama 15.0%
Alaska 14.4%
Arizona 13.2%
Arkansas 14.8%
California 12.4%
Colorado 7.7%
Connecticut 10.9%
Delaware 9.2%
District of Columbia 13.6%
Florida 13.7%
Georgia 13.3%
Hawaii 10.3%
Idaho 11.7%
Illinois 10.9%
Indiana 11.4%
Iowa 9.1%
Kansas 14.7%
Kentucky 14.4%
Louisiana 21.4%
Maine 12.0%
Maryland 7.8%
Massachusetts 10.6%
Michigan 12.7%
Minnesota 9.2%
Mississippi 18.3%
Missouri 11.1%
Montana 9.7%
Nebraska 10.4%
Nevada 13.7%
New Hampshire 6.6%
New Jersey 8.6%
New Mexico 18.6%
New York 13.4%
North Carolina 14.5%
North Dakota 11.3%
Ohio 12.7%
Oklahoma 12.6%
Oregon 10.2%
Pennsylvania 11.2%
Rhode Island 12.2%
South Carolina 15.6%
South Dakota 10.4%
Tennessee 11.5%
Texas 13.4%
Utah 8.6%
Vermont 10.2%
Virginia 10.3%
Washington 9.9%
West Virginia 17.3%
Wisconsin 9.5%
Wyoming 12.4%

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