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Wyoming has low poverty rate under new way of measuring

Nov 7, 2013 - From staff reports

Wyoming has the third-lowest poverty rate in the nation, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau analysis differs from other government poverty calculations in that it factors regional cost of living into its calculations.

Iowa and several other Midwest and Plains states have the lowest poverty rates when cost of living is factored into the calculation.

The report released Wednesday showed that Iowa had the lowest rate at 8.6 percent. The national rate under the new measure is 16 percent.

Iowa is followed by North Dakota, Wyoming, Minnesota and Nebraska with the lowest rates in the nation.

The states with the highest poverty levels under the new measure were ones with high housing costs and large numbers of immigrants.

California topped the list with a 23.8 percent poverty rate followed by Washington D.C.'s 22.7 percent.

This new measure of poverty is designed to provide a better picture of the problem, but it doesn't replace the official rate.

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