Population: 11,276,403 Number in Poverty: 1,785,780

Poverty Rate


Gender & Age


Percentage of people who had incomes below the poverty line ($23,834 for a family of four) in 2014.


Percentage of children under 18 in related families who had incomes below the poverty line in 2014.

Working-Age Women

Percentage of working-age women (ages 18-64) who had incomes below the poverty line in 2014.

Race & Ethnicity

African American


Asian American




Native American


Creating Good Jobs


Income Inequality Ratio

The ratio of the share of income going to the top 20 percent of households and the share of income going to the bottom 20 percent of households in 2014.


Percentage of all workers who were unemployed in 2014.

High School Graduation

Percentage of high school students who graduated on time at the end of the 2012–13 school year.

Disconnected Youth

Percentage of youth ages 18 to 24 who were not in school or working in 2013.

Higher Education Attainment

Percentage of young adults ages 25 to 34 who had an associate’s degree or higher from 2011 to 2013.

Gender Wage Gap

Women’s median earnings for every dollar of men’s median earnings among full-time, year-round workers in 2014.

Strengthening Families and Communities


Children Living Apart from Parents

5.0 kids
Number of children who lived in foster care for every 1,000 children under age 18 in 2013.

Teen Birth Rate

27.2 births
Number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19 in 2013.

Promoting Family Economic Security


Hunger and Food Insecurity

Percentage of households who were food insecure on average from 2012 to 2014, meaning that at some point during the year, they experienced difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of money or resources.

Affordable Housing

78.0 units
Number of apartments or other units that were affordable and available for every 100 renter households with very low incomes in 2014. Very low-income households are those with incomes at or below half of median income in the metropolitan or other area where they live.

Assets and Savings

Percentage of households that used high-cost, high-risk forms of credit to make ends meet during 2013. This includes payday loans, automobile title loans, refund anticipation loans, rent-to-own, and pawning.

Unemployment Insurance

Percentage of unemployed workers who were helped by unemployment insurance in 2014.

Health Insurance Coverage

Percentage of people under age 65 and below 138 percent of the poverty line who did not have health insurance at any time in 2014.