Special Report

States Where Poverty Is Worse Than You Think

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20. Vermont
> Supplemental poverty rate: 10.2% (11th lowest)
> Official poverty rate: 10.2% (11th lowest)
> Cost of living: 1.6% more than national avg. (13th highest)
> SNAP recipiency: 11.5% (24th lowest)
> Median household income: $57,513 (24th lowest)

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20. Georgia
> Supplemental poverty rate: 15.6% (5th highest)
> Official poverty rate: 15.6% (7th highest)
> Cost of living: 7.9% less than national avg. (19th lowest)
> SNAP recipiency: 12.6% (18th highest)
> Median household income: $56,183 (19th lowest)

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20. Missouri
> Supplemental poverty rate: 11.3% (19th lowest)
> Official poverty rate: 11.3% (22nd lowest)
> Cost of living: 10.5% less than national avg. (9th lowest)
> SNAP recipiency: 11.0% (23rd lowest)
> Median household income: $53,578 (15th lowest)

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24. North Carolina
> Supplemental poverty rate: 14.3% (13th highest)
> Official poverty rate: 14.4% (11th highest)
> Cost of living: 9.1% less than national avg. (17th lowest)
> SNAP recipiency: 12.3% (19th highest)
> Median household income: $52,752 (13th lowest)

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25. Washington
> Supplemental poverty rate: 10.7% (16th lowest)
> Official poverty rate: 10.8% (15th lowest)
> Cost of living: 5.5% more than national avg. (9th highest)
> SNAP recipiency: 12.3% (19th highest)
> Median household income: $70,979 (10th highest)

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