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.


46.7 million people in the U.S. fell below the poverty line in 2014.

Overall Poverty - 2015

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 ($23,834 for a family of four) in 2014.

States Ranked by Overall Poverty Rate (2015)

State Name Overall Poverty Rank
New Hampshire 9.2%1st
Maryland 10.1%2nd
Connecticut 10.8%3rd
New Jersey 11.1%4th
Wyoming 11.2%5th
Alaska 11.2%6th
Hawaii 11.4%7th
Minnesota 11.5%8th
North Dakota 11.6%9th
Massachusetts 11.6%10th
Utah 11.7%11th
Virginia 11.8%12th
Colorado 12.0%13th
Vermont 12.2%14th
Iowa 12.2%15th
Nebraska 12.4%16th
Delaware 12.5%17th
Wisconsin 13.2%18th
Washington 13.2%19th
Kansas 13.6%20th
Pennsylvania 13.6%21st
Maine 14.1%22nd
South Dakota 14.2%23rd
Rhode Island 14.3%24th
Illinois 14.4%25th
Idaho 14.9%26th
Nevada 15.2%27th
Indiana 15.2%28th
Montana 15.4%29th
Missouri 15.5%30th
Ohio 15.8%31st
New York 15.9%32nd
Michigan 16.2%33rd
California 16.5%34th
Florida 16.5%35th
Oregon 16.6%36th
Oklahoma 16.6%37th
Texas 17.2%38th
North Carolina 17.2%39th
District of Columbia 17.7%40th
South Carolina 18.0%41st
Arizona 18.2%42nd
West Virginia 18.3%43rd
Georgia 18.3%44th
Tennessee 18.3%45th
Arkansas 18.9%46th
Kentucky 19.1%47th
Alabama 19.3%48th
Louisiana 19.8%49th
New Mexico 21.3%50th
Mississippi 21.5%51st