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Economic Commentary

Understanding Differences in Regional Poverty Rate

The U.S. poverty rate is among the most widely used indicators of the nation’s economic success—and of how that success is shared. However, the national rate masks tremendous variation in the regional numbers. In 1992, for example, the official poverty rate ranged from a low of 8.3 percent in New England to a high of almost 16 percent in the East South Central states.

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Suggested Citation

Powers, Elizabeth, and Max Dupuy. 1994. “Understanding Differences in Regional Poverty Rate.” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 11/15/1994.