September 21, 2012

CT’s, New England’s poverty levels relatively low

Connecticut and the rest of New England were among states with the smallest percentages of their populations living in poverty last year, Census Bureau data shows.

According to the bureau's annual American Poverty Survey, 377,856 Connecticut citizens -- many of them children -- or 10.9 percent of the state's population, had annual incomes below the poverty threshold. That's up from 350,145, or 10.1 percent in 2010.

Vermont (11.5 percent), Massachusetts (11.6 percent), Maine (14.1 percent), and Rhode Island (14.7 percent) had higher ratios of their residents in poverty, the survey showed.

New Hampshire's 8.8 percent poverty rate was the lowest in the nation last year. Mississippi's 22.6 percent poverty level led all states, with U.S. territory Puerto Rico topping all at 45.6 percent.

Nationally, 48.5 million citizens, or 15. 9 percent of the U.S. population, were in poverty last year, up from 15.3 percent a year earlier, the Census Bureau said

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