19.8% of Louisiana residents live in poverty, most in U.S.

Nearly 20 percent of Louisiana residents live below the poverty level in Louisiana, according to new Census Bureau data. Based on 2017-18 data, 19.8 percent of the state’s population is the highest level of those living poverty out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The national average is 14.6 percent.

According to Welfareinfo.org, 887,574 of 4,531,570 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year. More women than men are living in poverty in Louisiana. According to the site:

  • Children Under 6 in Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 30.4%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 28.4%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 24.3%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 18.3%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 13.3%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 13.0%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 15.3%.

By race, 32.9 percent of Black residents in Louisiana live below the poverty line, followed by 23.1 percent of Hispanics, 15.9 percent of Asians, and 12.1 percent of Caucasians.

Worse still, the state’s poverty rate went up by 0.4 percentage points over the two-year average between 2015-16 (19.4 percent), the Census Bureau reported. By contrast, the national poverty rate declined for the fourth year in a row, according to 2018 Census data.

Nationwide, the median household income stood at $63,179 in 2018, unchanged from 2017, according to the analysis. The share of the U.S. population with health insurance in 2018 was 91.5 percent, compared to 92.1 percent a year earlier, the Census report found.

Poverty Rates by State

State 2015-2016 Average Poverty Rate 2017-2018 Average Poverty Rate Change in % From  2015-2016 to 2017-2018 Rank Based on 2017-2018 Poverty Rate
Louisiana 19.4 19.8 0.4 1
Mississippi 20.1 19.0 -1.1 2
New Mexico 18.7 18.2 -0.5 3
West Virginia 16.3 16.5 0.2 4
Alabama 16.3 15.6 -0.6 5
Arkansas 16.1 15.4 -0.7 6
Kentucky 17.4 14.6 *-2.8 7
District of Columbia 16.5 14.3 *-2.2 8
North Carolina 14.4 14.1 -0.3 9
Georgia 16.8 14.0 *-2.8 10
South Carolina 14.2 14.0 -0.2 11
Florida 14.6 13.5 -1.0 12
Texas 14.3 13.4 -0.8 13
Arizona 16.6 13.2 *-3.4 14
Nevada 11.5 13.1 1.5 15
Oklahoma 14.4 13.1 -1.2 16
Alaska 10.9 12.6 1.7 17
Ohio 13.6 12.4 -1.3 18
California 13.9 12.0 *-1.9 19
Maine 12.5 12.0 -0.5 20
Missouri 11.4 11.9 0.5 21
New York 13.1 11.9 *-1.1 22
Tennessee 14.8 11.7 *-3.1 23
Indiana 12.7 11.6 -1.1 24
Idaho 11.7 11.5 -0.2 25
Pennsylvania 11.7 11.4 -0.4 26
Wyoming 10.3 11.2 0.9 27
North Dakota 10.9 11.1 0.2 28
Michigan 11.9 11.0 -1.0 29
Nebraska 9.9 11.0 1.1 30
Illinois 11.5 10.9 -0.6 31
Kansas 12.7 10.9 -1.8 32
South Dakota 14.2 10.7 *-3.5 33
Oregon 11.8 10.6 -1.2 34
Connecticut 9.5 10.4 1.0 35
Montana 11.8 10.3 *-1.5 36
Rhode Island 11.6 10.1 -1.5 37
Virginia 11.1 10.1 -1.0 38
Massachusetts 10.6 10.0 -0.6 39
Hawaii 10.1 9.9 -0.2 40
Washington 11.2 9.7 -1.5 41
Vermont 10.2 9.2 -1.0 42
New Jersey 10.3 9.1 -1.2 43
Colorado 9.2 9.0 -0.2 44
Wisconsin 11.1 8.9 *-2.1 45
Iowa 10.1 8.2 *-1.8 46
Minnesota 8.2 8.2 0.0 47
Delaware 11.3 8.1 *-3.3 48
Maryland 8.4 7.8 -0.6 49
Utah 8.9 7.8 -1.1 50
New Hampshire 6.8 6.6 -0.2 51

*estimated

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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