Poverty Status by State

Scholaroo’s data team was able to discover the poverty status in each state across the country

The national poverty rate ticked up from 12.3% in 2019 to 12.8% in 2021, according to American Community Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Considering this, and with an eye on the conclusion of 2023, Scholaroo’s data team has gathered information to unveil the most updated poverty status in each state across the U.S. Four different levels of poverty are presented: below 50%, below 100%, below 185%, and below 200%.

Poverty Status in each state

Key Highlights

  • Mississippi has the highest levels of poverty in the country, followed by New Mexico and Arkansas.
  • In terms of poverty levels below 185% and 200%, Maryland and Minnesota have the lowest statuses.
  • Connecticut only appears among the states with the highest poverty status at levels below 100%.


Scholaroo's data team gathered information from official public data displaying the poverty status by state across the U.S.