Special Report

States Where the Most People Live Below the Poverty Line


To identify the states where the most people live below the poverty line, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 American Community Survey. States are ranked by the share of the population living below the poverty line. Only states with a poverty rate above the 12.8% national rate were considered.

Supplemental data on median household income and the share of households receiving SNAP benefits are also from the ACS.

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