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Below is a breakdown of poverty levels by U.S. state.

The columns on the right indicate the percentage of that state's population living at or below the "poverty line" as of 2013, 2015, and 2018.

This welfare statistics data was obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau website.

Poor health, substance abuse, and lack of education are the main causes of poverty in the United States. Welfare statistics show that least 13 percent of the current U.S. population lives in poverty. That's more than 38 million people, if welfare statistics are accurate.



Poverty thresholds do not vary from state to state, and the exact dollar amount of income they call "the poverty line" is determined through a rather complex equation.

The equation considers welfare statistics such as the total number of people in a household, the number of people in the household who are under 18, the annual household income, and inflation, to name a few.

However, the equation that determines welfare statistics seems to presume that there IS a household. It is unclear if and how the homeless are included in the data.

Just for the record, Washington DC (if it were a state) would rank poorly on the list, as welfare statistics show that more than 18 percent of the residents of DC were living in poverty as of 2013.





welfare statistics by state

Below is a list of states, followed by each state's welfare statistics. In this case, welfare statistics refers to the percentage of each state's population living in poverty in 2013, 2015, and 2018. 



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State             % 2013         % 2015         % 2018

Alabama             16.0               18.5            16.2

Alaska                10.0                 9.1            12.6

Arizona               19.0               17.4            16.1

Arkansas            20.0                19.1            16.0

California            16.0                15.3           13.9

Colorado             12.0                11.5             8.5

Connecticut         10.0                10.5             9.8

Delaware            13.0                12.4            11.6

Florida                15.0                15.7            13.0

Georgia              18.0                 17.0           15.4

Hawaii                14.0                 10.6             9.3

Idaho                 14.0                 15.1           11.1

Illinois                13.0                 13.6           12.1

Indiana               15.0                 14.5           11.8

Iowa                   10.0                 12.2             9.8

Kansas                14.0                 13.0          11.2

Kentucky             18.0                 18.5          15.2

Louisiana             21.0                19.6           20.2

Maine                  13.0                13.4           12.7

Maryland             10.0                  9.7             7.1

Massachusetts     11.0                 11.5             9.6

Michigan             14.0                 15.8            11.1

Minnesota           10.0                 10.2              8.7

Mississippi           22.0                22.0            21.1

Missouri              15.0                14.8            13.0

Montana              13.0                14.6           11.7

Nebraska             12.0                12.6              9.6

Nevada               16.0                14.7            10.1

New Hampshire     8.0                  8.2              6.4

New Jersey           9.0                 10.8              9.4

New Mexico         20.0                 20.4           17.8

New York             17.0                15.4            11.9

North Carolina      17.0                16.4           13.6

North Dakota       11.0                11.0            11.1

Ohio                   15.0                 14.8           13.7

Oklahoma           18.0                 16.1           14.6

Oregon               14.0                 15.4           11.8

Pennsylvania       14.0                13.2            11.1

Rhode Island       14.0                13.9           11.4

South Carolina     17.0                16.6           14.1

South Dakota       13.0                13.7           14.5

Tennessee           19.0                16.7            14.9

Texas                  17.0                15.9            13.8

Utah                   11.0                11.3               8.6

Vermont              11.0                10.2              9.6

Virginia               11.0                11.2            11.4

Washington         12.0                12.2            11.0

West Virginia       17.0                17.9            18.0

Wisconsin            11.0                12.1           10.7

Wyoming            10.0                 11.1           10.9



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