Connecticut’s poverty rate remains stubbornly high

HARTFORD, Conn. – The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” was five months ago, but it wasn’t until last week that the U.S. Census released data confirming little progress has been made. While the report does not address how various anti-poverty programs have helped individuals and families over the years, it does provide an analysis of the rate of poverty overall.

U.S. Census data found that poverty in Connecticut, which was around 9.6 percent in 1959, climbed to about 10.7 percent in 2013. That’s the same place is was in 2012. The biggest increase in poverty was between 2003 and 2009 when it jumped from 8.1 percent to 9.4 percent.

Connecticut Voices for Children pointed out that one in seven Connecticut children or 14.3 percent lived in poverty in 2013, a rate unchanged from 2012, but a substantial increase from a decade earlier when it was 10.8 percent.

Childhood poverty in major Connecticut cities ranged from 6.9 percent in Norwalk to 47.6 percent in Hartford. Wade Gibson, director the fiscal policy center at Connecticut Voices, put the poverty rate in context, comparing the poverty threshold of $23,834 for a family of four to the state median income of $67,098.

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