Here Is the Poverty Rate for Every Quantifiable Group in the United States

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Region

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Northeast
> Total group size: 55.3 million people
> Group members living below the poverty line: 5.7 million people
> Group poverty rate: 10.3%

The Northeastern U.S. — a region extending from New Jersey and Pennsylvania up through New England — has the lowest poverty rate of all four Census designated regions. Of all nine states in the Northeast, Pennsylvania has the highest poverty rate, at 11.8%. New Hampshire has the lowest, at 6.1%

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Midwest
> Total group size: 67.5 million people
> Group members living below the poverty line: 7.0 million people
> Group poverty rate: 10.4%

There are 12 states in the Midwest, extending from Ohio down and across to Kansas. Large swaths of the Midwest have been hit especially hard by the decline of American manufacturing. State poverty rates in the region range from 7.5% in Kansas to 12.4% in neighboring Missouri.

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West
> Total group size: 77.6 million people
> Group members living below the poverty line: 8.7 million people
> Group poverty rate: 11.2%

The poverty rate among the 13 states in the West is 11.2%, slightly lower than the 11.8% rate across the U.S. as a whole. New Mexico’s 16.6% poverty rate is the highest in the region and third highest among states. Meanwhile, Utah, its neighbor to the northwest, has a poverty rate of 6.9%, second lowest among states.

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South
> Total group size: 123.5 million people
> Group members living below the poverty line: 16.8 million people
> Group poverty rate: 13.6%

Ameicans in the South are more likely to live in poverty than those in any other geographic region. Across the 16 states that make up the South, the poverty rate is 13.6%. The region includes both of the states with the highest poverty rates — Louisiana and Mississippi, which have poverty rates of 19.0% and 19.6%, respectively.

Educational Attainment

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Adults without a high school diploma
> Total group size: 22.0 million people
> Group members living below the poverty line: 5.7 million people
> Group poverty rate: 25.9%

Education is the best way to help ensure financial security in the United States, and American adults who have not completed high school are at an especially high risk of living in poverty. More than one in every four of the 22 million adults age 25 and over who dropped out of high school live below the poverty line.