For the past 50 years, the Government has used Current Population Survey (CPS) as their primary source of statistics on employment and unemployment. At the same time, a very important secondary purpose of this survey is to collect data on the demographic status of the population, information such as age, sex, race, marital status, educational attainment, and family structure.
The survey currently interviews 54,000 households every month for four consecutive months one year, and again for the corresponding time period a year later. Among many other important things to come out of this survey, one interesting piece data that comes out of this survey are the percentage of families classified as being above or below the poverty level in each state. Worth mentioning that households are classified above or below the poverty level using a poverty index adopted by a Federal Interagency.
As the data in the interactive chart below shows most Southern states like Mississippi, Louisiana and New Mexico are hit the hardest. Whereas as East Coast and West Coast follow next. It’s most of the states in the center of the country that are doing well when it comes to making sure that residents aren’t living in poverty. For deeper insight, use the graph below. Zoom in to focus on a particular region or simply click or tap on a state for its poverty rate.
Data Source: Census.gov