US Mountain States Best at Bringing Down Poverty

03:20  27 december  2019
03:20  27 december  2019 Source:   usnews.com

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Mountain and Western states have the lowest rates, according to the Census 2019 American Community Survey five-year estimates. These places are the best in America for educating students at all levels.

The United States has been wrestling with how best to eliminate poverty ever since the days of Lyndon Johnson. Take child poverty . Using the U.S. poverty rate as a benchmark once again, we’re less effective at bringing down our rate of youth impoverishment than most of our peers in Northern

A collection of Western and Mountain states boast the biggest drops in their poverty rates across the country over the course of the last decade, according to an analysis of new 5-year estimates from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Montana lead the nation in reducing their percentage of families and residents whose income over the past 12 months sits below the poverty level since 2009. In Utah and Colorado, in particular, the percentage of impoverished families and residents dropped by more than 20%.

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The Mountain States (also known as the Mountain West and the Interior West) form one of the nine geographic divisions of the United States that are officially recognized by the United States Census

The good news is that different policy choices can bring different outcomes. When the government invests in jobs and policies to increase workers’ wages and families’ economic security, children and families see improved outcomes in both the The best pathway out of poverty is a well -paying job.

States With Biggest Drop in Percentage of People and Families Whose Income Is Below Poverty Threshold

  • Utah (21.51%)
  • Colorado (20.88%)
  • Oregon (17.86%)
  • Washington (17.78%)
  • Montana (15.84%)
  • Hawaii (15.19%)
  • Minnesota (14.87%)
  • South Carolina (14.6%)
  • Georgia (13.57%)
  • California (13.33%)

Colorado, Hawaii and Utah also rank among the 10 states with the lowest poverty rates, according to the latest ACS 5-year data. At 4.9%, New Hampshire is the only state in the country with a poverty rate below 5%.

States With Lowest Poverty Percentage Among People and Families in 2014-2018

  • New Hampshire (4.9%)
  • Minnesota (6.3%)
  • Maryland (6.4%)
  • North Dakota (6.4%)
  • Hawaii (6.7%)
  • Connecticut (6.9%)
  • Vermont (7.1%)
  • Wyoming (7.1%)
  • Colorado (7.2%)
  • Utah (7.3%)

Since 2009, Alaska and Delaware are the only states where the percentage of families and residents with income below the poverty line rose – though neither ranks among the country's most impoverished states, which almost exclusively sit in the geographic South. New Mexico is the only highest-poverty state not in the South.

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In some states , the poverty rate hovers around 20 percent. Fourteen percent of the total U.S. population lived below the poverty line in 2016, down from 14.7 percent in 2015 and 15.5 Poverty thresholds for individuals and households differ based on family size, number of children and age.

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West Virginia's poverty rate of 13% remained unchanged over the past decade, ranking fifth-highest nationally.

States With Highest Poverty Percentage in 2014-2018

  • Mississippi (15.9%)
  • New Mexico (15.3%)
  • Louisiana (14.6%)
  • Kentucky (13.5%)
  • Alabama (13%)
  • West Virginia (13%)
  • Arkansas (12.9%)
  • Georgia (12.1%)
  • Tennessee (11.9%)
  • Texas (11.9%)

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