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America’s Poor: A Regional Look at Poverty In America

Last month, the Census Bureau released what is arguably one of the most alarming statistics of the year: In 2009, the number of Americans living in poverty reached its highest level in 51 years. The poverty rate was 14.3%, up from 13.2% in 2008, much – if not all – of that increase attributed to the recession.

So where are America’s poor? In this interactive infographic, we take a regional look at poverty. Roll over each state to see its poverty rate, along with those for children ages five through 17 and for children under the age of five.