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Tue September 17, 2013
Pennsylvania's Poverty Rate Inches Up
Poverty in Pennsylvania has risen slightly, but remains below the national average.
The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that almost 1.8 million people in Pennsylvania, or 13.9 percent, were living in poverty during 2012. That's up slightly from 13.8 percent in 2011 and 13.4 percent in 2010. Pennsylvania's population is almost 12.8 million.
Nationally, the number of people living in poverty was 15 percent in 2012.
The Census Bureau's annual report offers a snapshot of the economic well-being of U.S. households for 2012.
Broken down by state, Mississippi had the highest share of poor people, at 22 percent, according to rough calculations by the Census Bureau. On the other end of the scale New Hampshire had the lowest share, at 8.1 percent.
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