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Census Poverty Estimates

The U.S. Census Bureau compiles poverty estimates for its annual American Community Survey. Select your state below to view 2009-2010 data:

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Another 2.6 million people slipped into poverty in the United States last year and the number of Americans living below the official poverty line, 46.2 million people, was the highest number in the 52 years the Census Bureau has been publishing figures on it. And in new signs of distress among the middle class, median household incomes fell last year to levels last seen in 1997. The bureau’s findings were worse than many economists expected.