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State Rankings features comprehensive state statistics across key measures in education, health, crime, transportation, taxes, government finance, and so much more. The editors compile useful statistics that otherwise take an enormous amount of time to research, making it a favorite resource on reference shelves throughout the United States and around the world. Overall state rankings are provided as well as a complete list of all sources used to compile the tables. The rankings have been updated using specific methodology explained in the introduction with the most current available data at publication. Explanatory notes on the source and data are also included to provide context to each statistical table. State Rankings compares every state and Washington, D.C. in the following areas:  • Agriculture  • Population  • Economy  • Environment  • Government finance  • Crime  • Education  • Geography  • Social welfare  • Defense

Social Welfare
Social Welfare
Poverty Rate in 2018
National Rate = 13.1% of Population in Poverty*

ALPHA ORDER

RANK ORDER

RANK

STATE

PERCENT

RANK

STATE

PERCENT

7

Alabama

16.8

1

Mississippi

19.7

38

Alaska

10.9

2

New Mexico

19.5

14

Arizona

14.0

3

Louisiana

18.6

5

Arkansas

17.2

4

West Virginia

17.8

25

California

12.8

5

Arkansas

17.2

44

Colorado

9.6

6

Kentucky

16.9

41

Connecticut

10.4

7

Alabama

16.8

27

Delaware

12.5

8

Oklahoma

15.6

17

Florida

13.6

9

South Carolina

15.3

12

Georgia

14.3

9

Tennessee

15.3

49

Hawaii

8.8

11

Texas

14.9

31

Idaho

11.8

12

Georgia

14.3

29

Illinois

12.1

13

Michigan

14.1

20

Indiana

13.1

14

Arizona

14.0

33

Iowa

11.2

14

North Carolina

14.0

30

Kansas

12.0

16

Ohio

13.9

6

Kentucky

16.9

17

Florida

13.6

3

Louisiana

18.6

17

New York

13.6

32

Maine

11.6

19

Missouri

13.2

47

Maryland

9.0

20

Indiana

13.1

43

Massachusetts

10.0

20

South Dakota

13.1

13

Michigan

14.1

22

Montana

13.0

44

Minnesota

9.6

23

Nevada

12.9

1

Mississippi

19.7

23

Rhode Island

12.9

19

Missouri

13.2

25

California

12.8

22

Montana

13.0

26

Oregon

12.6

35

Nebraska

11.0

27

Delaware

12.5

23

Nevada

12.9

28

Pennsylvania

12.2

50

New Hampshire

7.6

29

Illinois

12.1

46

New Jersey

9.5

30

Kansas

12.0

2

New Mexico

19.5

31

Idaho

11.8

17

New York

13.6

32

Maine

11.6

14

North Carolina

14.0

33

Iowa

11.2

39

North Dakota

10.7

34

Wyoming

11.1

16

Ohio

13.9

35

Nebraska

11.0

8

Oklahoma

15.6

35

Vermont

11.0

26

Oregon

12.6

35

Wisconsin

11.0

28

Pennsylvania

12.2

38

Alaska

10.9

23

Rhode Island

12.9

39

North Dakota

10.7

9

South Carolina

15.3

39

Virginia

10.7

20

South Dakota

13.1

41

Connecticut

10.4

9

Tennessee

15.3

42

Washington

10.3

11

Texas

14.9

43

Massachusetts

10.0

47

Utah

9.0

44

Colorado

9.6

35

Vermont

11.0

44

Minnesota

9.6

39

Virginia

10.7

46

New Jersey

9.5

42

Washington

10.3

47

Maryland

9.0

4

West Virginia

17.8

47

Utah

9.0

35

Wisconsin

11.0

49

Hawaii

8.8

34

Wyoming

11.1

50

New Hampshire

7.6

District of Columbia

16.2

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census “2018 American Community Survey-Table DP03” (https://data.census.gov/cedsci/)

*This is a one-year figure. Census has discontinued three-year averages that had been used previously. The poverty threshold for a family of four (two children) in 2018 was $25,100.

Percent of Senior Citizens Living in Poverty in 2018
National Percent = 9.4%*

ALPHA ORDER

RANK ORDER

RANK

STATE

PERCENT

RANK

STATE

PERCENT

9

Alabama

10.3

1

New Mexico

13.3

46

Alaska

6.7

2

Louisiana

12.4

27

Arizona

8.6

2

Mississippi

12.4

11

Arkansas

10.2

4

New York

11.8

8

California

10.5

5

Rhode Island

11.2

41

Colorado

7.4

6

Texas

11.1

35

Connecticut

7.9

7

Florida

10.6

48

Delaware

6.1

8

California

10.5

7

Florida

10.6

9

Alabama

10.3

11

Georgia

10.2

9

North Dakota

10.3

47

Hawaii

6.5

11

Arkansas

10.2

27

Idaho

8.6

11

Georgia

10.2

24

Illinois

8.8

11

Kentucky

10.2

35

Indiana

7.9

14

West Virginia

10.0

45

Iowa

7.1

15

Nevada

9.8

33

Kansas

8.0

16

South Carolina

9.5

11

Kentucky

10.2

17

Montana

9.4

2

Louisiana

12.4

18

Vermont

9.3

20

Maine

9.1

19

Tennessee

9.2

42

Maryland

7.3

20

Maine

9.1

20

Massachusetts

9.1

20

Massachusetts

9.1

22

Michigan

9.0

22

Michigan

9.0

39

Minnesota

7.6

22

South Dakota

9.0

2

Mississippi

12.4

24

Illinois

8.8

32

Missouri

8.2

25

North Carolina

8.7

17

Montana

9.4

25

Oklahoma

8.7

39

Nebraska

7.6

27

Arizona

8.6

15

Nevada

9.8

27

Idaho

8.6

50

New Hampshire

5.5

27

Ohio

8.6

33

New Jersey

8.0

30

Virginia

8.4

1

New Mexico

13.3

31

Pennsylvania

8.3

4

New York

11.8

32

Missouri

8.2

25

North Carolina

8.7

33

Kansas

8.0

9

North Dakota

10.3

33

New Jersey

8.0

27

Ohio

8.6

35

Connecticut

7.9

25

Oklahoma

8.7

35

Indiana

7.9

35

Oregon

7.9

35

Oregon

7.9

31

Pennsylvania

8.3

35

Wisconsin

7.9

5

Rhode Island

11.2

39

Minnesota

7.6

16

South Carolina

9.5

39

Nebraska

7.6

22

South Dakota

9.0

41

Colorado

7.4

19

Tennessee

9.2

42

Maryland

7.3

6

Texas

11.1

42

Wyoming

7.3

48

Utah

6.1

44

Washington

7.2

18

Vermont

9.3

45

Iowa

7.1

30

Virginia

8.4

46

Alaska

6.7

44

Washington

7.2

47

Hawaii

6.5

14

West Virginia

10.0

48

Delaware

6.1

35

Wisconsin

7.9

48

Utah

6.1

42

Wyoming

7.3

50

New Hampshire

5.5

District of Columbia

16.7

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census “2018 American Community Survey-Table DP03” ...

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