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.


37 million people in the U.S. fell below the poverty line in 2020.

Overall Poverty - 2020

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 ($25,926 for a family of four) in 2019

States Ranked by Overall Poverty Rate (2020)

State Name Overall Poverty Rank
New Hampshire 7.3%1st
Utah 8.9%2nd
Maryland 9.0%3rd
Minnesota 9.0%3rd
New Jersey 9.2%5th
Hawaii 9.3%6th
Colorado 9.3%6th
Massachusetts 9.4%8th
Washington 9.8%9th
Virginia 9.9%10th
Nebraska 9.9%10th
Connecticut 10.0%12th
Alaska 10.1%13th
Wyoming 10.1%13th
Vermont 10.2%15th
Wisconsin 10.4%16th
North Dakota 10.6%17th
Rhode Island 10.8%18th
Maine 10.9%19th
Idaho 11.2%20th
Iowa 11.2%20th
Delaware 11.3%22nd
Oregon 11.4%23rd
Kansas 11.4%23rd
Illinois 11.5%25th
California 11.8%26th
Indiana 11.9%27th
South Dakota 11.9%27th
Pennsylvania 12.0%29th
Nevada 12.5%30th
Montana 12.6%31st
Florida 12.7%32nd
Missouri 12.9%33rd
New York 13.0%34th
Michigan 13.0%34th
Ohio 13.1%36th
Georgia 13.3%37th
Arizona 13.5%38th
District of Columbia 13.5%38th
Texas 13.6%40th
North Carolina 13.6%40th
South Carolina 13.8%42nd
Tennessee 13.9%43rd
Oklahoma 15.2%44th
Alabama 15.5%45th
West Virginia 16.0%46th
Arkansas 16.2%47th
Kentucky 16.3%48th
New Mexico 18.2%49th
Louisiana 19.0%50th
Mississippi 19.6%51st