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.
Poverty strikes different groups at very different rates. Children, women and racial minorities have higher poverty rates.
Median household income also varies widely by population.
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.