This chartbook presents the first estimates of state-level trends in poverty using a historical version of the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). The SPM provides a more accurate measure of poverty than the Official Poverty Measure (OPM), which has been in use since the 1960s. 

The chartbook includes a two-page fact sheet for each state that documents historical trends in poverty overall, as well as for children, working-aged adults, and the elderly. Each fact sheet also displays the effect of taxes and transfers on the poverty rate for these groups.

The state-level poverty estimates were calculated using the CPSP's historical SPM data set. This data set is publicly available and can be accessed here

 
 


Individual State Fact Sheets and Data:

 

Alabama:
Fact Sheet | Data
Alaska: 
Fact Sheet | Data
Arizona: 
Fact Sheet | Data
Arkansas: 
Fact Sheet | Data
California: 
Fact Sheet | Data
Colorado: 
Fact SheetData
Connecticut: 
Fact Sheet Data
Delaware: 
Fact SheetData
Florida: 
Fact SheetData
Georgia: 
Fact SheetData
Hawaii: 
Fact SheetData
Idaho: 
Fact SheetData
Illinois: 
Fact SheetData



 

Indiana: 
Fact Sheet Data
Iowa: 
Fact SheetData
Kansas: 
Fact SheetData
Kentucky: 
Fact Sheet Data
Louisiana: 
Fact SheetData
Maine: 
Fact Sheet Data
Maryland: 
Fact Sheet Data
Massachusetts: 
Fact SheetData
Michigan: 
Fact SheetData
Minnesota: 
Fact SheetData
Mississippi: 
Fact SheetData
Missouri: 
Fact SheetData
Montana: 
Fact SheetData

Nebraska: 
Fact SheetData
Nevada: 
Fact Sheet Data
New Hampshire: 
Fact SheetData
New Jersey: 
Fact SheetData
New Mexico: 
Fact SheetData
New York: 
Fact SheetData
North Carolina: 
Fact SheetData
North Dakota: 
Fact SheetData
Ohio: 
Fact Sheet Data
Oklahoma: 
Fact Sheet Data
Oregon: 
Fact SheetData
Pennsylvania: 
Fact SheetData
Rhode Island: 
Fact SheetData

South Carolina: 
Fact SheetData
South Dakota: 
Fact Sheet Data
Tennessee: 
Fact Sheet Data
Texas
Fact Sheet Data
Utah: 
Fact Sheet Data
Vermont: 
Fact Sheet Data
Virginia: 
Fact Sheet Data
Washington:
Fact Sheet Data
West Virginia: 
Fact Sheet Data
Wisconsin: 
Fact SheetData
Wyoming: 
Fact Sheet Data