In the Green Mountain State, poverty is part of the landscape. Vermont, with a total population of about 626,000, has nearly 70,000 people living in poverty based on U.S. Census data. This means that about one in every 10 Vermonters are barely scraping by.

The poverty rate in Vermont in 2013 was nearly twelve percent (11.82 percent), compared to the national rate of 15 percent, and the rate for extreme poverty was 5.3 percent. With a median household income of nearly $53,000, Vermont had the 10th-highest rate of poverty in the nation in 2012. When comparing census data from 2010 to 2012 to data from 2005 to 2007, the figures show that median family income and median household income were down slightly from prerecession levels, after ...

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