Poverty Rate By State, 2007-2008 The national poverty rate increased to 13.2 percent last year, the highest since 1997. Shown are state poverty rates for a two-year average of 2007 and 2008.
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Poverty Rate By State, 2007-2008

The national poverty rate increased to 13.2 percent last year, the highest since 1997. Shown are state poverty rates for a two-year average of 2007 and 2008.

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The national poverty rate increased to 13.2 percent last year, the highest since 1997. Shown are state poverty rates for a two-year average of 2007 and 2008. The federal poverty threshold for a family of four with two children was $26,338 per year in 2008.