State poverty rates were generally highest in the South in 2010

A map of the U.S. showing the percentage of total population in poverty in 2010.

Newly released data show that every State in the U.S. saw an increase in poverty since the 2000 Census. Increases were highest for Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, each registering 2010 poverty rates more than 6 points higher than in 2000. Mississippi had the highest poverty rate in 2010, and was the only State to have an average poverty rate over 20 percent. This 2010 State poverty map is found in the data product 2010 County-Level Poverty Rates on the ERS website, updated December 2, 2011. State poverty rates for 2010 and previous years are found in the State Fact Sheets.

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