Child Poverty Would Be Almost Twice As High If Safety Net Programs Didn't Exist

February 27, 2015 6:51 PM

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Child Poverty Would Be Almost Twice As High If Safety Net Programs Didn't Exist

10. Connecticut >> Supplemental poverty rate 2011-2013: 12.5% (17th lowest) >> Official poverty rate: 10.7% (7th lowest) >> State price level: 6th highest >> Pct. without health insurance: 9.4% (8th lowest) Based on pre-tax income alone, 10.7% of Connecticut residents lived in poverty between 2011 and 2013, one of the lower rates nationwide. Based on the supplemental poverty measure, however, 12.5% of state residents lived in poverty, still among the lower rates, but the 10th largest deviation from a state’s official poverty rate in the country. The supplemental poverty rate tends to be higher among older Americans. With the help of the nation’s third highest average social security payment, however, retirement-aged Connecticut residents had incomes of $26,581 on average, more than in all but a handful of states. The average earned income tax credit was $2,140 in Connecticut last year, one of the lower rates.

9. New Hampshire >> Supplemental poverty rate 2011-2013: 10.5% (7th lowest) >> Official poverty rate: 8.3% (the lowest) >> State price level: 9th highest >> Pct. without health insurance: 10.7% (12th lowest) New Hampshire had the nation’s lowest average official poverty rate from 2011 to 2013, at ju...

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