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.


40.6 million people in the U.S. fell below the poverty line in 2016.

Overall Poverty - 2017

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 fell below the poverty line—$24,340 for a family of four—in 2016

States Ranked by Overall Poverty Rate (2017)

State Name Overall Poverty Rank
New Hampshire 7.3%1st
Hawaii 9.3%2nd
Maryland 9.7%3rd
Connecticut 9.8%4th
Minnesota 9.9%5th
Alaska 9.9%6th
Utah 10.2%7th
Massachusetts 10.4%8th
New Jersey 10.4%9th
North Dakota 10.7%10th
Virginia 11.0%11th
Colorado 11.0%12th
Washington 11.3%13th
Wyoming 11.3%14th
Nebraska 11.4%15th
Delaware 11.7%16th
Wisconsin 11.8%17th
Iowa 11.8%18th
Vermont 11.9%19th
Kansas 12.1%20th
Maine 12.5%21st
Rhode Island 12.8%22nd
Pennsylvania 12.9%23rd
Illinois 13.0%24th
South Dakota 13.3%25th
Montana 13.3%26th
Oregon 13.3%27th
Nevada 13.8%28th
Missouri 14.0%29th
Indiana 14.1%30th
California 14.3%31st
Idaho 14.4%32nd
Ohio 14.6%33rd
Florida 14.7%34th
New York 14.7%35th
Michigan 15.0%36th
South Carolina 15.3%37th
North Carolina 15.4%38th
Texas 15.6%39th
Tennessee 15.8%40th
Georgia 16.0%41st
Oklahoma 16.3%42nd
Arizona 16.4%43rd
Alabama 17.1%44th
Arkansas 17.2%45th
West Virginia 17.9%46th
Kentucky 18.5%47th
District of Columbia 18.6%48th
New Mexico 19.8%49th
Louisiana 20.2%50th
Mississippi 20.8%51st