PITTSBURGH (AP) — Poverty in Pennsylvania has risen slightly, but remains below the national average.
The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that almost 1.8 million people in Pennsylvania, or 13.9 percent, were living in poverty during 2012. That’s up slightly from 13.8 percent in 2011 and 13.4 percent in 2010. Pennsylvania’s population is almost 12.8 million.READ MORE: Mother Of Cheltenham Township Single-Car Crash Victim Speaks Out After Incident Left 1 Person Dead, 4 Others Injured: ‘It's Horrible’
Nationally, the number of people living in poverty was 15 percent in 2012.READ MORE: Cooling Tower Malfunction Caused Fire At Center City High-Rise, Source Says
The Census Bureau’s annual report offers a snapshot of the economic well-being of U.S. households for 2012.
Broken down by state, Mississippi had the highest share of poor people, at 22 percent, according to rough calculations by the Census Bureau. On the other end of the scale New Hampshire had the lowest share, at 8.1 percent.
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