“Census: D.C. Has Third-Highest Poverty Rate”

The District’s poverty rate is bleak, ranking well above the national average. But there is some good news: the percentage of D.C. residents without health insurance is lower than the rate for nearby states and for the nation as a whole.


According to the report, the poverty rate in the country rose to 15.1 percent. That’s 46 million people in the U.S. living at or below the poverty line. It’s also the largest total number since the bureau started tracking poverty in 1959.

Even worse, the poverty rate in D.C. ranks third in the nation at 19.9 percent, behind only Mississippi and Louisiana.

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