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At 8.1 percent, N.H. has lowest poverty rate

New U.S. Census figures show New Hampshire as having the lowest share of poor people in the nation.

The Census Bureau reported yesterday that 46.5 million Americans – or more than 1 in 7 – were living in poverty last year. That makes the sixth straight year the nation’s poverty rate has stood still at 15 percent.

In New Hampshire, the poverty rate for 2012 was 8.1 percent, the nation’s lowest. Mississippi had the highest share of poor people, at 22 percent, followed by Louisiana, New Mexico and Arkansas.

For the last year, the official poverty line was an annual income of $23,492 for a family of four.

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