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.


43.1 million people in the U.S. fell below the poverty line in 2015.

Overall Poverty - 2016

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 ($24,250 for a family of four) in 2015.

States Ranked by Overall Poverty Rate (2016)

State Name Overall Poverty Rank
New Hampshire 8.2%1st
Maryland 9.7%2nd
Minnesota 10.2%3rd
Vermont 10.2%4th
Alaska 10.3%5th
Connecticut 10.5%6th
Hawaii 10.6%7th
New Jersey 10.8%8th
North Dakota 11.0%9th
Wyoming 11.1%10th
Virginia 11.2%11th
Utah 11.3%12th
Massachusetts 11.5%13th
Colorado 11.5%14th
Wisconsin 12.1%15th
Iowa 12.2%16th
Washington 12.2%17th
Delaware 12.4%18th
Nebraska 12.6%19th
Kansas 13.0%20th
Pennsylvania 13.2%21st
Maine 13.4%22nd
Illinois 13.6%23rd
South Dakota 13.8%24th
Rhode Island 13.9%25th
Indiana 14.5%26th
Montana 14.6%27th
Nevada 14.7%28th
Ohio 14.8%29th
Missouri 14.8%30th
Idaho 15.1%31st
California 15.3%32nd
Oregon 15.4%33rd
New York 15.4%34th
Florida 15.7%35th
Michigan 15.8%36th
Texas 15.9%37th
Oklahoma 16.1%38th
North Carolina 16.4%39th
South Carolina 16.7%40th
Tennessee 16.7%41st
Georgia 17.1%42nd
District of Columbia 17.3%43rd
Arizona 17.4%44th
West Virginia 17.9%45th
Alabama 18.5%46th
Kentucky 18.5%47th
Arkansas 19.1%48th
Louisiana 19.6%49th
New Mexico 20.4%50th
Mississippi 22.0%51st