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.

Hunger and Food Insecurity - 2018

Map Key
  • Less than 10 %
  • 10.1 - 13 %
  • 13.1 - 16 %
  • 16.1 - 19 %
  • More than 19 %

Percentage of households who were food insecure on average from 2015 to 2017, meaning that at some point during the year, they experienced difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of money or resources.

States Ranked by Hunger and Food Insecurity Rate (2018)

State Name Hunger and Food Insecurity Rank
Hawaii 7.4%1st
New Jersey 8.6%2nd
North Dakota 9.0%3rd
Colorado 9.2%4th
New Hampshire 9.4%5th
Minnesota 9.5%6th
Vermont 9.8%7th
Wisconsin 10.0%8th
Virginia 10.1%9th
Massachusetts 10.2%10th
Maryland 10.4%11th
Iowa 10.5%12th
Utah 10.7%13th
Washington 10.8%14th
New York 10.9%15th
Idaho 11.0%16th
Delaware 11.1%17th
Illinois 11.2%18th
California 11.2%18th
District of Columbia 11.2%18th
Montana 11.4%21st
South Dakota 11.4%21st
Alaska 11.6%23rd
South Carolina 11.7%24th
Florida 11.9%25th
Pennsylvania 12.1%26th
Connecticut 12.2%27th
Nevada 12.4%28th
Rhode Island 12.4%28th
Missouri 12.8%30th
Oregon 12.9%31st
Tennessee 12.9%31st
Georgia 13.0%33rd
Arizona 13.1%34th
Wyoming 13.2%35th
Kansas 13.3%36th
Nebraska 13.5%37th
Michigan 13.6%38th
Indiana 13.6%38th
Ohio 13.7%40th
Texas 14.0%41st
North Carolina 14.4%42nd
Maine 14.4%42nd
Kentucky 14.7%44th
West Virginia 14.9%45th
Oklahoma 15.0%46th
Alabama 16.3%47th
Mississippi 17.2%48th
Louisiana 17.3%49th
Arkansas 17.4%50th
New Mexico 17.9%51st