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Minneapolis No. 2 among cities for impoverished American Indians

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Minneapolis had the second-highest poverty rate for American Indians in a ranking of cities with high American Indian populations, according to newly released survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The report (figure 10) says American Indians/Alaska Natives in Minnesota's largest city had a staggering poverty rate of 48.3 percent. The city with the highest poverty rate for that group was Rapid City, S.D. (50.9 percent).

The report examined data from 2007 to 2011. Minnesota was among nine states with poverty rates of about 30 percent or more for American Indians and Alaska Natives: Arizona, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah, a Census press release notes.

Minnesota has a population of 54,191 American Indian/Alaska Natives, and 20,795 live below the poverty line, about 38 percent, according to the data (table 2).

The survey reports that in the nation, a total of 42.7 million people – 14.3 percent – had income below the poverty level. By comparison, American Indians and Alaska Natives nationwide had a poverty rate of 27 percent, according to the survey.

The nation has about 2.4 million American Indian/Alaska Natives.

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