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Poverty rates dropped in 23 states, including Minnesota

Last year, poverty rates either dropped or remained the same in every single state.

New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show poverty rates dropped in 23 states – including Minnesota – last year.

The other 27 states (and Washington D.C.) saw no change, meaning no states saw a poverty rate increase.

The official poverty rate for the U.S. dropped from 14.8 percent in 2014 to 13.5 percent in 2015. However, decreases varied greatly by state.


According to the Census Bureau, a lot of factors contributed to the drop in poverty rates.

The 23 states with less poverty also saw decreased unemployment and increased median household income.

Looking at the states and D.C. that did not see poverty rates decrease – 15 still saw a dip in unemployment and 17 saw an increase in median income.

Poverty rates in Minnesota

Because there are a lot of numbers (which you can see here), we'll focus on Minnesota.

In 2014, the Census Bureau says 11.5 percent of Minnesotans were below the poverty level. In 2015, that percentage had dropped to 10.2.

Looking at median household income, that increased from $61,353 to $63,488.

And the percentage of people who were unemployed dropped from 4.7 percent to 4.2 percent.

Wisconsin is the only other state that borders Minnesota that saw poverty rates decrease.

The data show that Wisconsin's poverty rates dropped from 13.2 percent to 12.1. And the median household income increased from $52,709 to $55,638.

Last month, the Census Bureau revealed that Americans are the richest they've been since 2007.

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