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.


38.1 million people in the U.S. fell below the poverty line in 2018.

Overall Poverty - 2019

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 ($25,465 for a family of four) in 2018

States Ranked by Overall Poverty Rate (2019)

State Name Overall Poverty Rank
New Hampshire 7.6%1st
Hawaii 8.8%2nd
Maryland 9.0%3rd
Utah 9.0%4th
New Jersey 9.5%5th
Colorado 9.6%6th
Minnesota 9.6%7th
Massachusetts 10.0%8th
Washington 10.3%9th
Connecticut 10.4%10th
North Dakota 10.7%11th
Virginia 10.7%12th
Alaska 10.9%13th
Vermont 11.0%14th
Nebraska 11.0%15th
Wisconsin 11.0%16th
Wyoming 11.1%17th
Iowa 11.2%18th
Maine 11.6%19th
Idaho 11.8%20th
Kansas 12.0%21st
Illinois 12.1%22nd
Pennsylvania 12.2%23rd
Delaware 12.5%24th
Oregon 12.6%25th
California 12.8%26th
Rhode Island 12.9%27th
Nevada 12.9%28th
Montana 13.0%29th
South Dakota 13.1%30th
Indiana 13.1%31st
Missouri 13.2%32nd
Florida 13.6%33rd
New York 13.6%34th
Ohio 13.9%35th
Arizona 14.0%36th
North Carolina 14.0%37th
Michigan 14.1%38th
Georgia 14.3%39th
Texas 14.9%40th
South Carolina 15.3%41st
Tennessee 15.3%42nd
Oklahoma 15.6%43rd
District of Columbia 16.2%44th
Alabama 16.8%45th
Kentucky 16.9%46th
Arkansas 17.2%47th
West Virginia 17.8%48th
Louisiana 18.6%49th
New Mexico 19.5%50th
Mississippi 19.7%51st