While poverty and economic insecurity are too high across the country, some parts of the nation fare better than others. Use our interactive map to learn more about the economic health of your state and congressional district across a variety of indicators.


39.7 million people in the U.S. fell below the poverty line in 2017.

Overall Poverty - 2018

Map Key
  • Less than 10 %
  • 10.1 - 12.8 %
  • 12.9 - 15.6 %
  • 15.7 - 18.5 %
  • More than 18.5 %

Percentage of people who had incomes below the poverty line ($24,860 for a family of four) in 2017

States Ranked by Overall Poverty Rate (2018)

State Name Overall Poverty Rank
New Hampshire 7.7%1st
Maryland 9.3%2nd
Minnesota 9.5%3rd
Hawaii 9.5%4th
Connecticut 9.6%5th
Utah 9.7%6th
New Jersey 10.0%7th
Colorado 10.3%8th
North Dakota 10.3%9th
Massachusetts 10.5%10th
Virginia 10.6%11th
Iowa 10.7%12th
Nebraska 10.8%13th
Washington 11.0%14th
Maine 11.1%15th
Alaska 11.1%16th
Vermont 11.3%17th
Wisconsin 11.3%18th
Wyoming 11.3%19th
Rhode Island 11.6%20th
Kansas 11.9%21st
Montana 12.5%22nd
Pennsylvania 12.5%23rd
Illinois 12.6%24th
Idaho 12.8%25th
Nevada 13.0%26th
South Dakota 13.0%27th
Oregon 13.2%28th
California 13.3%29th
Missouri 13.4%30th
Indiana 13.5%31st
Delaware 13.6%32nd
Ohio 14.0%33rd
Florida 14.0%34th
New York 14.1%35th
Michigan 14.2%36th
North Carolina 14.7%37th
Texas 14.7%38th
Arizona 14.9%39th
Georgia 14.9%40th
Tennessee 15.0%41st
South Carolina 15.4%42nd
Oklahoma 15.8%43rd
Arkansas 16.4%44th
District of Columbia 16.6%45th
Alabama 16.9%46th
Kentucky 17.2%47th
West Virginia 19.1%48th
New Mexico 19.7%49th
Louisiana 19.7%50th
Mississippi 19.8%51st