1 out of 5 Louisiana families are living at the poverty level. The latest census numbers for 2020 won't be released for a few more months, but the latest numbers don't look god for our state.

Only Mississippi has a higher percentage of families living below the poverty level.

Here's the latest results from the Census:

19.6% Mississippi
19 % Louisiana
18.2 % New Mexico
16.3 % Kentucky
16 % West Virginia
15.5 % Alabama
15.2 % Oklahoma
13.9 % Tennessee
13.8 % South Carolina
13.6 % North Carolina

And here's the list of states with the lowest numbers of residents living at the poverty level:

9.2 % New Jersey
9 % Minnesota
9 % Maryland
8.9 % Utah
7.3 % New Hampshire

https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/interactive/2019-poverty-rate.html

https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/interactive/2019-poverty-rate.html

https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/interactive/2019-poverty-rate.html

Here are the rates from other big cities around the nation:

Laredo 30.1%

Detroit 30%

Las Cruces 27.5%

Albany, Georgia 25.2%

Fresno 24.1%

Philadelphia 23.3%

Flint 19.8%

Houston 19.7%

Mobile 19.3%

Memphis 18.6%

Hot Springs 18.6%

Dallas 17.5%

San Antonio 16.8.%

The federal government numbers show the poverty rate is $12,760 or less for an individual.

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