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The US Census Bureau released two sets of estimates in September 2015: the Current Population Survey and the one-year American Community Survey (ACS).  According to the former, poverty remained statistically unchanged. The latter found that poverty dropped slightly between 2013 and 2014.

US poverty rate, 2005-2014
Source: 2014 ACS 1-Year Estimates

Poverty strikes different groups at very different rates. Children, women and racial minorities have higher poverty rates.

US poverty rate by age and sex, 2014
Source: 2014 ACS 1-Year Estimates
US poverty rate by race, 2014
Source: 2014 ACS 1-Year Estimates

Median household income also varies widely by population.

US median household income, 2014
Source: 2014 ACS 1-Year Estimates

Poverty rates for the 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico range from a low of 9.2% in New Hampshire to 21.5% in Mississippi (and 46.2% in Puerto Rico). Thirteen states, mostly in New England and the upper Midwest, have poverty rates below 12%. Eleven states (and Puerto Rico) have a poverty rate of 18% or higher. These are located in the South and Southwest.

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